- subject to sudden, involuntary starts, especially from nervousness, fear, excitement, etc.
- characterized by sudden starts, jerks, or jumps: a jumpy narrative.
Origin of jumpy
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1. jittery, skittish, fidgety.
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Examples from the Web for jumpy
It was superficial and jumpy and herky-jerky, bopping all over the place.Debate III: Obama Wins, But Does It Do Him Any Good?
October 23, 2012
Before going on air, Keyes had his eyes closed as if in prayer while Taitz was jumpy and pie-eyed, like a patient off her meds.The Obama Haters' Next Move
July 20, 2009
These books are only good to muddle your head and make you jumpy.Typhoon
But Edna and Mrs. Pulsifer acted sort of restless and jumpy.Torchy, Private Sec.
First off she's inclined to be nervous and jumpy and don't want to talk about Babe at all.Torchy and Vee
When that condition bettered, and he began to feel again, he was nervous and jumpy.The Rich Little Poor Boy
Alan felt tense and jumpy, and hoped not too much of it showed.Starman's Quest
- nervous or apprehensive
- moving jerkily or fitfully
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Word Origin and History for jumpy
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