ant·​sy | \ ˈant-sē How to pronounce antsy (audio) \

Definition of antsy

1 informal : restless, fidgety antsy children also : impatient, eager antsy for a new challenge
2 informal : nervous, apprehensive antsy investors

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he was feeling understandably antsy about the tax audit after a few minutes in the formal restaurant, the kids got antsy
Recent Examples on the Web Also, because some general managers get antsy and don’t want to wait until Friday to see if their guy will be available. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2021 NFL Draft: First-round primer," 29 Apr. 2021 Taking a nation’s behavioral temperature can be a bit tricky, but data are beginning to show that even people who have stuck to safety protocols for much of the pandemic are getting antsy and letting things slip. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "America Has Pandemic Senioritis," 15 Apr. 2021 Hospitals and other health care providers are getting antsy. Rachel Cohrs, STAT, "There’s no point person in Biden’s HHS for its $186 billion Covid-19 fund for health care providers," 9 Apr. 2021 Tesla is in hot water with one of its key customer bases, and some bulls are getting antsy. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "Tesla bulls see ‘glass-half-empty’ scenario as China reportedly restricts some vehicle use," 19 Mar. 2021 Meanwhile, some trial participants, who have the right to withdraw at any time, are getting antsy, their social media posts show. Jared Whitlock, Wired, "The US Has 3 Covid Vaccines—Testing New Ones Is Complicated," 11 Mar. 2021 Indeed, some on Wall Street are already antsy that the markets have gotten overheated and a sell off—or at least pause—might be in the cards. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "‘Santa Claus’ rally could take stocks higher, even after an ‘unbelievable’ year," 17 Dec. 2020 After back-to-back losses and a pair of decommitments in the 2021 recruiting class, some Oregon Ducks football fans have grown a bit antsy. oregonlive, "Kingsley Suamataia, Oregon Ducks 5-star OL pledge, ready to make it official," 7 Dec. 2020 Many Ohioans suffer from medical conditions such as cancer, heart problems, lung issues and Type II diabetes who are antsy for a vaccine, too. cleveland, "Pharmacists wrapping Ohio nursing home vaccinations, state ready to begin vaccinations for people age 80 and older," 14 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of antsy

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for antsy

see ant entry 1

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2 May 2021

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“Antsy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of antsy

chiefly US, informal
: impatient and unable to keep still
: nervous about what might happen


ant·​sy | \ ˈant-sē How to pronounce antsy (audio) \
antsier; antsiest

Kids Definition of antsy

: impatient and unable to keep still When he failed to arrive, I grew antsy.

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