Definition of antsy in English:


adjectiveantsier, antsiest

North American
  • Agitated, impatient, or restless.

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