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[twich-ee] /ˈtwɪtʃ i/
adjective, twitchier, twitchiest.
twitching or tending to twitch.
nervous; jumpy:
All that pressure at the office has made him twitchy.
Origin of twitchy
First recorded in 1740-50; twitch + -y1
Related forms
twitchiness, noun Unabridged
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  • He was still tense and twitchy when they reached the factory.

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  • She sat on the porch, rocking, fanning, twitchy with Hugh's whining.

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  • Maybe he felt something then, a twitchy twinge of grief, but he swallowed hard and it went away.

  • It was a scraggy sorrel with twitchy ears and wicked eyes, but it looked tough as a mountain buck.

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  • Her most positive experience was the revelation of Mrs. Flickerbaugh, the tall, thin, twitchy wife of the attorney.

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British Dictionary definitions for twitchy


nervous, worried, and ill-at-ease: he was twitchy with anticipation
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