\ˈjəm-pē \
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

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The action is carried along on jumpy, poppy editing rhythms and on-the-nose song cues. Bart Layton, New York Times, "Review: In ‘American Animals,’ These Guys Didn’t Visit the Library to Study," 30 May 2018 Some were too jumpy or distracted to sit and focus. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "Mural Arts as harm reduction: 'Today was my 24th overdose reversal'," 15 May 2018 Last November, the 36-year-old was pregnant, her small children jumpy at the slightest noise, when they were packed onto a plane and sent from Syria to Grozny, the capital of Russia’s mainly Muslim republic of Chechnya. Washington Post, "Forgiven by her native Chechnya, a woman is returned from Islamic State," 2 July 2018 Maybe something about Ellen accounts for her daughter’s jumpy demeanor and her odd ways of talking to her own children. Ari Aster, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Hereditary,’ the Horror Is Slow-Cooked and Homemade," 7 June 2018 Elizabeth Ann Bennett is a smiling, gracious hostess throughout, with Melody Butiu and Renée-Marie Brewster as her, respectively, jumpy and cool-cucumber parental cohorts. Daryl H. Miller, latimes.com, "'Ripe Frenzy,' a play about a school shooting, provokes thought with lyricism and restraint," 21 May 2018 The video is jumpy and doesn't show what happens next. Dakin Andone, CNN, "Authorities in Texas are investigating the fatal police shooting of a Houston man," 25 Mar. 2018 My eyes watched the busy ground, flexing with ant highways and beetles, jumpy locusts and white butterflies. Andrew Evans, chicagotribune.com, "Feel the pull of the prairie on a uniquely American safari in Montana," 5 July 2018 Along with O'Connor, the two native westerners carved out a jumpy place in the center. Bill Mears, Fox News, "Anthony Kennedy: Swing justice wielded quiet power in a range of high-profile cases," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of jumpy

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of jumpy

: very nervous : easily frightened


\ˈjəm-pē \
jumpier; jumpiest

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obstinately defiant of authority

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