antsy

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. antrum of highmore,
  2. ants in one's pants, have,
  3. antseranana,
  4. antshrike,
  5. antsiranana,
  6. antu,
  7. antung,
  8. antwackie,
  9. antwerp,
  10. antwerp blue

Origin of antsy

1950–55; ant + -s3 + -y1; cf. -sy

Related formsants·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for antsy

antsy

/ (ˈæntsɪ) /

adjective antsier or antsiest

informal restless, nervous, and impatient
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Word Origin and History for antsy

antsy

adj.

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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