\ 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 Thomas Cook’s bondholders are already jumpy and the group has just 290 million pounds of net assets. Chris Bryant | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "At Last, a British Auditor Actually Does Its Job," 18 Feb. 2019 Sponsored by the Arlington Heights Park District, the event featured jumpy houses, inflatables, arts and crafts, face painters, balloon artists, a moon walk and mad science demonstration where kids walked away with free slime. Elizabeth Owens-schiele, chicagotribune.com, "Kids in costume as dinosaurs, Disney characters, dragons and more collected treats from trunks of cars during Arlington Heights Halloween event," 28 Oct. 2019 Your choice of 5K or 10K. There will be jumpy castles, pumpkin-painting, carnival games, costume contests, a pie-eating race and more. John Meyer, The Know, "7 spooky running races this weekend to celebrate Halloween," 23 Oct. 2019 For years, #WeAllGrow Latina Network founder Ana Flores felt jumpy in her career. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "How Ana Flores built a career on uniting Latina entrepreneurs," 10 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of jumpy

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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29 Nov 2019

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“Jumpy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jumpy?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=j&file=jumpy001. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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