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

Definition of jumpy

2 : characterized by jumps or sudden variations

Other Words from jumpy

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 That increasingly jumpy VCs played a key role in ousting the boorish Kalanick is only further evidence (for Mallaby) of the utility of VC. Kim Phillips-fein, The New Republic, 11 May 2022 Recordings of the cantor, and of an ecstatic congregation, lead the ascent through dance and prayer, the orchestra entering into its own jumpy or sorrowful klezmer-like riffs. Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 Analysts said Moscow is jumpy right now and taking out frustrations on Japan. Emiko Jozuka, CNN, 27 Apr. 2022 More into long philosophical discourse and jumpy timelines with your Bats? Piers Marchant, Arkansas Online, 4 Mar. 2022 And so, even though the plot ostensibly has nothing to do with horror, the elements are there: mysterious noises, jumpy moments, scary dreams. Jocelyn Noveck, Detroit Free Press, 25 Nov. 2021 Stalled, confusing to others, prone to sudden silences and jumpy responsiveness. Parul Sehgal, The New Yorker, 27 Dec. 2021 Analysts also warn that the market is likely to remain jumpy until more clarity arrives on Omicron's ultimate impact. CBS News, 1 Dec. 2021 Some of our clients have difficulty sleeping, feel jumpy and frequently irritated and angered. Sam Coffey, sun-sentinel.com, 17 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of jumpy

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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21 May 2022

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“Jumpy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jumpy. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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\ ˈjəm-pē How to pronounce jumpy (audio) \
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