- a condition of extreme nervousness caused by fear, worry, strain, etc.; the jitters; the willies (usually preceded by the): Just thinking about ghosts gives me the heebie-jeebies.
Origin of heebie-jeebies
An Americanism dating back to 1905–10; rhyming compound coined by W. De Beck (1890–1942), American comic-strip cartoonist
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Examples from the Web for heebie-jeebies
- the heebie-jeebies slang apprehension and nervousness
C20: coined by W. De Beck (1890–1942), American cartoonist
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Word Origin and History for heebie-jeebies
1923, said to have been coined by U.S. cartoonist Billy De Beck (1890-1942), creator of "Barney Google."
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