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.

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Origin of jumpy

First recorded in 1865–70; jump + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM jumpy

jump·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 forms of jumpy

jumpily, adverbjumpiness, noun
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