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 If you're concerned about eating indoors around other people, or just antsy to finally get out of the house — and practice safe social distancing of course — here are a handful of Louisville places with plans to accommodate guests on their patios. Louisville Courier Journal, "Louisville restaurants reopen this weekend. Here are 12+ places where you can eat outside," 21 May 2020 The legislature getting back to basics, more antsy businesses and a possible teacher shortage. Bob Sims |, al, "Back to legislative basics, more antsy businesses and a possible teacher shortage," 7 May 2020 As the countdown to summer begins we’re all starting to get antsy about going outside. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Lizzo, Rico Nasty, China McClain And Other Celebrity Beauty Looks Of The Week," 1 May 2020 Beverley is one of many around the NBA who, three weeks into the league’s suspended season following the first positive test by a player for the novel coronavirus, are antsy for the return of basketball. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, "NBA 2K players tournament to feature Kevin Durant, two Clippers," 31 Mar. 2020 While a lot of that is owed to Oklahoma’s excellence — the Sooners have been ranked in the top 10 for seven of those losses — people start to get antsy when the gap between wins grows beyond half a decade. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Misery Index: When is Jim Harbaugh going to get it? Michigan's issues cut deeper than losses to Ohio State," 1 Dec. 2019 But the investment community is right to feel antsy. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "Here’s why Boeing’s shares are holding up despite a brutal year," 15 Jan. 2020 Regulatory risk, heightened bipartisan scrutiny and ambitious health-reform plans put forth by Democrats have given investors reason to be antsy; the negative reaction to any failure on CVS’s part to meet expectations will be swift and substantial. Washington Post, "CVS Makes Its Pitch for the Future of Health Care," 5 June 2019 And rather than put the ball in the hands of the reigning league MVP, the Chiefs elected to run — and McCoy went nowhere, earning a round of lusty boos from the antsy crowd in Arrowhead Stadium. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chiefs’ Reid shoulders responsibility for loss to Texans," 13 Oct. 2019

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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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27 May 2020

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“Antsy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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