plural noun

hee·​bie-jee·​bies ˌhē-bē-ˈjē-bēz How to pronounce heebie-jeebies (audio)

Examples of heebie-jeebies in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Who gives you the biggest heebie-jeebies of the bunch? How To Save A Country, The New Republic, 27 Apr. 2023

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Word History


coined by Billy DeBeck †1942 American cartoonist

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of heebie-jeebies was in 1923

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“Heebie-jeebies.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heebie-jeebies. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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