Definition of toey in English:



NZ, Australian
  • predicative On edge; ill at ease.

    ‘voters being toey about foreign investment’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In fact, I'm pretty damn toey right now as it happens.’
    • ‘We haven't told him yet as he can be a bit toey on such matters.’
    • ‘Old Bert tossed tails on the golf course and no one was prepared to tell his toey wife.’
    • ‘It seems he is entitled to be a little toey after the changes to the 6pm news last week in Sydney.’
    • ‘Understandably, US exporters get toey competing against their own cheaper goods, in essence, arguing that they face too much competition.’
    • ‘The poem is wonderfully funny in its sketch of our toey aggressiveness when we find ourselves overseas and out of our trees.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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