jumpier; jumpiest
: characterized by jumps or sudden variations
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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Word History

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of jumpy was in 1869

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“Jumpy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jumpy. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


jumpier; jumpiest
: nervous sense 2a, jittery
after a long restless night, the soldiers were jumpy
jumpiness noun

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