twitchy

adjective
\ ˈtwi-chē How to pronounce twitchy (audio) \
twitchier; twitchiest

Definition of twitchy

1 : marked by twitches or jerking movements : tending to twitch Oliver did not think he would be able to sleep, but he did sleep—a restless, twitchy sleep filled with hideous dreams.— Eva Ibbotson Round-shouldered yet angular, he walked in a twitchy manner that recalled a spider, his oily hair swinging about his face.— J. K. Rowling
2 : nervously on edge or fretful This revelation was an incredible relief to those of us who get a little twitchy at the thought of making pasta …— Jane Daniels Lear There was action every minute, and so much momentum carrying the story forward that until I finished it, I was in a sort of twitchy agony if I got stuck doing anything else.— Eric Konigsberg

First Known Use of twitchy

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Jan 2020

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“Twitchy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/twitchy. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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