[ ant-see ]
/ ˈænt si /
adjective, ants·i·er, ants·i·est. Informal.
unable to sit or stand still; fidgety: The children were bored and antsy.
apprehensive, uneasy, or nervous: I'm a little antsy since hearing those storm warnings.
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nervousness, anxiety, agitation, insomnia, disquiet, jitters, uneasiness, ferment, instability, strain, apprehension, hostility, unease, discomfort, pressure, suspense, worry, concern, turmoil, unrest
- antrum of highmore,
- ants in one's pants, have,
- antwerp blue
Origin of antsy
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/ (ˈæntsɪ) /
adjective antsier or antsiest
informal restless, nervous, and impatient
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1838, American English, from plural of ant + -y (2); probably reflecting the same image as the slang expression have ants in (one's) pants "be restless and fidgety" from a century later. Related: Antsiness.
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