keyed up

adjective

Definition of keyed up

informal
:excited or nervous
  • The students were all keyed up for the test.
  • I was too keyed up to sleep.

Word by Word Definitions

key play keyed
  1. : a usually metal instrument by which the bolt of a lock is turned

  2. : any of various devices having the form or function of such a key

  3. : a means of gaining or preventing entrance, possession, or control

  1. : extremely or crucially important

  1. : to lock or secure with or as if with a key : fasten: such as

  2. : to secure (something, as a pulley on a shaft) by a key

  3. : to finish off (an arch) by inserting a keystone

  1. : a low island or reef

  1. : a kilogram especially of marijuana or heroin

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated


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