antsy [adj] fidgety anxious, edgy, impatient, on pins and needles*, restless; concept 401

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  • antsy — (adj.) 1838, American English, from plural of ANT (Cf. ant) + Y (Cf. 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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • antsy — ☆ antsy [ant′sē ] adj. antsier, antsiest [< ANT1 + Y2: prob. < phr. have ants in one s pants, be full of nervous energy] Slang fidgety, nervous, impatient, etc …   English World dictionary

  • antsy — adjective Date: 1838 1. restless, fidgety < antsy children >; also impatient, eager < antsy for a new challenge > 2. nervous, apprehensive < antsy investors > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • antsy — [“aentsi] mod. nervous; restless. (See also have ants in one’s pants.) □ You ook a little antsy. What’s wrong? □ Who is that antsy guy? □ She gets antsy before a test …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • antsy — antsiness, n. /ant see/, adj., antsier, antsiest. Informal. 1. unable to sit or stand still; fidgety: The children were bored and antsy. 2. apprehensive, uneasy, or nervous: I m a little antsy since hearing those storm warnings. [1950 55; ANT +… …   Universalium

  • antsy — adj a. nervous, jumpy, agitated ► She s been getting a little antsy lately wants me to leave my wife. (The Secret of my Success, US film, 1987) b. eager for sex Both senses are derived from the older, humorous colloquial expression to have ants… …   Contemporary slang

  • antsy — [[t]æ̱ntsi[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ If someone is antsy, they are nervous or impatient. [AM, INFORMAL] This is the end of a tour so I m a little antsy, I guess. Syn: tetchy …   English dictionary

  • antsy — UK [ˈæntsɪ] / US adjective Word forms antsy : adjective antsy comparative antsier superlative antsiest mainly American informal nervous and unable to relax …   English dictionary

  • antsy — adjective /ˈæntsi/ restless, apprehensive and fidgety The children were antsy and worried [...]. “Rabbit at Rest”, by John Updike …   Wiktionary

  • antsy — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. Sl. fidgety, restless, nervous, impatient, apprehensive, anxious, edgy, ill at ease, *on pins and needles. ANT.: calm, composed …   English dictionary for students

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