Definition of antsy in English:



North American
  • Agitated, impatient, or restless.

    ‘Dick got antsy the day he put to sea’
    • ‘Wish I could have stuck around longer to mingle, but my legs were giving out and the kids were getting antsy.’
    • ‘But Diana became antsy eventually, and decided that it would be more productive to travel than to stay put.’
    • ‘I can't even sit on a bench between two people without getting antsy.’
    • ‘He didn't ask why I was so antsy, or what I hadn't let my mother see him.’
    • ‘I started to get stressed out and antsy after ten more minutes with no success.’
    • ‘As I discovered on many occasions, both on the water and on land, this constant state of readiness makes the men antsy.’
    • ‘Don't waste your time if: You're antsy about providing personal information.’
    • ‘I lay restless and antsy, tossing and turning every couple of minutes.’
    • ‘So he stared, and thought, and fretted as she grew increasingly more antsy.’
    • ‘I'd go to bed alone and antsy, and wondered how my free time always seemed to slip away from me.’
    • ‘But if you're getting antsy but not doing anything about it, how do you know she's not doing the same?’
    • ‘As most of you know, I tend to get a little antsy on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.’
    • ‘By the end of the movie it was around 11 and we were all a bit antsy.’
    • ‘Further, would not the lack of sunshine or the outdoors make one antsy when confined aboard a cramped spacecraft?’
    • ‘As the group ate, I sat outside by myself, antsy to hit the trails again.’
    • ‘She sensed that he was growing impatient and somewhat antsy.’
    • ‘And losing makes fans unhappy, coaches uneasy and owners antsy, ready to press the fire button.’
    • ‘Rin seemed upset over the news and I was just antsy about the whole thing.’
    • ‘The city is broke and the people are getting antsy for entertainment again.’
    • ‘She looks so antsy and out of sorts that it almost throws me.’
    anxious, disturbed, perturbed, troubled, bothered, distressed, concerned, upset, distraught, worried sick, disquieted, uneasy, ill at ease, fretful, fretting, agitated, in a state of agitation, nervous, edgy, on edge, like a cat on a hot tin roof, tense, overwrought, worked up, keyed up, strung out, jumpy, with one's stomach in knots, stressed, under stress
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Mid 19th century: probably from the phrase have ants in one's pants (see ant).