jumpy

[ juhm-pee ]
/ ˈdʒʌm pi /

adjective, jump·i·er, jump·i·est.

subject to sudden, involuntary starts, especially from nervousness, fear, excitement, etc.
characterized by sudden starts, jerks, or jumps: a jumpy narrative.

Nearby words

  1. jumping-off place or point,
  2. jumpmaster,
  3. jumprock,
  4. jumpstart,
  5. jumpsuit,
  6. jun,
  7. jun.,
  8. junagadh,
  9. junc.,
  10. juncaceous

Origin of jumpy

First recorded in 1865–70; jump + -y1

Related formsjump·i·ly, adverbjump·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for jumpy

jumpy

/ (ˈdʒʌmpɪ) /

adjective jumpier or jumpiest

nervous or apprehensive
moving jerkily or fitfully
Derived Formsjumpily, adverbjumpiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for jumpy

jumpy

adj.

"nervous," 1869, from jump (n.) + -y (2). Related: Jumpiness.

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