\ ˈjəm-pē How to pronounce jumpy (audio) \
jumpier; jumpiest

Definition of jumpy

2 : characterized by jumps or sudden variations

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jumpiness noun

Examples of jumpy in a Sentence

trying to calm jumpy passengers flight attendants had to calm jumpy passengers after the plane hit unexpected turbulence
Recent Examples on the Web But traders are getting jumpy as the deadline for an agreement nears. William Shaw, Bloomberg.com, "Pound Falls as Investors Question Progress in Brexit Trade Talks," 6 Dec. 2020 The credits sequence, with its jumpy frames and near-subliminal flashes of psycho paraphernalia, is a small masterpiece of dementia — the film itself seems to be breaking down in terror. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Every David Fincher movie, ranked by EW grade," 3 Dec. 2020 His third pick came after a sack made by good coverage got the Maryland sophomore jumpy enough to force a bad pass over the middle right to a waiting Micah McFadden. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "IU football overcomes slow start, Michael Penix injury to beat Maryland, 27-11," 28 Nov. 2020 The lesser eroes weren’t quite that jumpy, but even they, after their sandy siestas had been interrupted by humans a few times, began to slide off into the water and knobs-only watchfulness at the slightest suspicion of an approach. Warren Page, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: The Cautious Crocodile," 13 Nov. 2020 Be a calm, serene influence on someone who is jumpy or stressed. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Nov. 11, 2020: Gemini, it’s not personal; Virgo, take the high road," 11 Nov. 2020 Maybe the Knicks get jumpy thinking the Cavs would go that direction. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers' five best options with No. 5 pick in 2020 NBA Draft: Chris Fedor," 30 Oct. 2020 The results are kinetic, if not as jumpy as Chee Keong Kung’s ink-and-acrylic pictures, which are full of straight lines yet swoop and swirl. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Juried competition puts regional artists at center stage," 23 Oct. 2020 Tunnel of the Damned gives horror fans a louder, more jumpy experience almost reminiscent of a Universal Halloween Horror Nights house — after all, co-creators Patrick Braillard and Kim Grommol are HHN veterans. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Scream n’ Stream and Tunnel of the Damned: A first look at two new Orlando Halloween attractions," 1 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of jumpy

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of jumpy was in 1869

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22 Dec 2020

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“Jumpy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jumpy. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of jumpy

informal : very nervous : easily frightened


\ ˈjəm-pē How to pronounce jumpy (audio) \
jumpier; jumpiest

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