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adjective, twitch·i·er, twitch·i·est.
  1. twitching or tending to twitch.
  2. nervous; jumpy: All that pressure at the office has made him twitchy.
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Origin of twitchy

First recorded in 1740–50; twitch + -y1
Related formstwitch·i·ness, noun
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  • He was still tense and twitchy when they reached the factory.

    New Hire

    David M. Dryfoos

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

    Main Street

    Sinclair Lewis

  • 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.

    The Treasure Trail

    Marah Ellis Ryan

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

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    Sinclair Lewis

British Dictionary definitions for twitchy


  1. nervous, worried, and ill-at-easehe was twitchy with anticipation
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