\ 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 The household in Sam Hamashima’s story is inhabited by two Japanese spirits, a wise Paper Crane (Rae Venna) and Maneki Neko (Phillip Reid), a rather jumpy, catlike figure. Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, "‘American Spies,’ examining a Japanese American family in 1941, doesn’t quite find its footing," 23 July 2019 Nala was an extremely jumpy dog and had a hard time focusing. Jack Williams, chicagotribune.com, "Pups program brings joy to South Dakota State Penitentiary," 17 July 2019 Just as with people, the kids tend to be more playful and jumpy than the grown-ups. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian, "Do Goats Really Love to Jump and More Questions From Our Readers," 23 Aug. 2019 All Things Jerky rounds things out with Grasshopper Slushie On-a-Stick, which is basically a popsicle with those jumpy critters inside. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Wisconsin State Fair has arrived. Here's what you need to know.," 1 July 2018 Hannah Montana has pump-up-the-party songs that are more jumpy. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "How Miley Cyrus and a shared love of music led to a friendship cut short by cancer," 23 Aug. 2019 Stewart, who was seated on the far left, seemed jumpy and frustrated from the start. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "Rory Stewart, the Insurgent Candidate for Prime Minister, Soars Up and Out," 19 June 2019 One day early in the new season, all her magnets fall off the fridge, an arbitrary occurrence that the forgivably jumpy Joyce immediately connects to the Upside Down. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The American Paranoia of Stranger Things 3," 4 July 2019 Additonally, one of the things Reyes worked on the past two times in Triple-A was just letting his jumpy fastball play. Kevin Acee, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Wil Myers on bench, has to earn way off; Gerardo Reyes gets lefties," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of jumpy

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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1 Nov 2019

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The first known use of jumpy was in 1869

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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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