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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Examples of antsy in a Sentence

he was feeling understandably antsy about the tax audit after a few minutes in the formal restaurant, the kids got antsy

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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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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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