ant·​sy ˈant-sē How to pronounce antsy (audio)
informal : restless, fidgety
antsy children
also : impatient, eager
antsy for a new challenge
informal : nervous, apprehensive
antsy investors

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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Word History


see ant entry 1

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of antsy was in 1950

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“Antsy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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