Definition of toey in English:



Australian, NZ
  • [predicative] On edge; ill at ease:

    ‘voters being toey about foreign investment’
    • ‘The poem is wonderfully funny in its sketch of our toey aggressiveness when we find ourselves overseas and out of our trees.’
    • ‘It seems he is entitled to be a little toey after the changes to the 6pm news last week in Sydney.’
    • ‘Old Bert tossed tails on the golf course and no one was prepared to tell his toey wife.’
    • ‘Normally there's a few jokes, a bit of talk, but that day the blokes were toey as all hell and it was eerie quiet.’
    • ‘We haven't told him yet as he can be a bit toey on such matters.’
    • ‘So it's not all a bed of roses coaching in the country, particularly with the kind of blokes we've got down there: they're very toey, very niggly.’
    • ‘In fact, I'm pretty damn toey right now as it happens.’
    • ‘Understandably, US exporters get toey competing against their own cheaper goods, in essence, arguing that they face too much competition.’
    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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