Definition of twitchy in English:



  • 1informal Nervous; anxious.

    ‘she felt twitchy about the man hovering in the background’
    • ‘Card issuers are facing losses and plummeting stock prices from ballooning debt defaults, one of the big challenges facing South Korea's already twitchy financial markets.’
    • ‘He started getting all nervous and twitchy, so guilty because he felt he'd let his mother down.’
    • ‘When guns and knives were used in more than 150 incidents in Bolton already this year, it's no wonder that police and other officials are twitchy about even children with toy guns.’
    • ‘He seemed twitchy, edgy, intense, humourless and more than a little competitive.’
    • ‘Ok, she needs to seriously quit saying rehab but I'm getting edgy and she's getting twitchy.’
    • ‘Terry is a sad, lonely, twitchy, uptight, neurotic, shy, and pathetic man.’
    • ‘The worry is there to see in his twitchy movements, his reluctance to stand for a photograph outside his house, the front door locked while he is being interviewed, his regular glances out the front window.’
    • ‘My twitchy, fidgety mind was already having trouble settling on any single subject for more than thirty seconds.’
    • ‘He was twitchy, sweaty, running a finger inside the neck of his shirt; he looked - in London parlance - like a well-dodgy geezer.’
    • ‘Once I got my name tag and checklist, I sat down at a table, all twitchy and nervous.’
    • ‘Willie comes out of the kitchen door, nervous and twitchy.’
    • ‘I feel twitchy and nervous and on the edge of relapse.’
    • ‘Jesse and Joe showed up nervous and twitchy and James' dad not too much later.’
    • ‘A man entered a church, clearly twitchy and nervous, and approached the priest.’
    • ‘With the focus on sweaty, aggressive male energy, we are in Sam Shepard land, and the twitchy dialogue is reminiscent of David Mamet, with similar themes of truth, memory and guilt.’
    • ‘He is no longer full of twitchy, nervous energy.’
    • ‘He seemed nervous and twitchy as he came up close to Cleo, and rested a hand on the toe of her boot.’
    • ‘If he'd been at all nervous or twitchy or had anything suspicious about him, I would have picked it up right away.’
    • ‘It takes a while to shake that I've just been in a car accident feeling, and even thought it happened almost three hours ago I'm still a little twitchy.’
    • ‘Louise, a normally vibrant 69-year-old woman, returned from vacation feeling run down, nervous, and twitchy.’
    anxious, worried, apprehensive, on edge, edgy, tense, strained, stressed, agitated, in a state of nerves, in a state of agitation, uneasy, restless, worked up, keyed up, overwrought, wrought up, strung out, jumpy, on tenterhooks, with one's stomach in knots, fidgety, fearful, frightened, scared, with one's heart in one's mouth, like a cat on a hot tin roof, quaking, trembling, shaking, shaking in one's shoes, shaky, on pins and needles, in a cold sweat, fevered, febrile
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  • 2Given to twitching.

    ‘a mouse with a twitchy nose’
    • ‘His eyes were kind of small and beady like a rat's and he had a twitchy little nose.’
    • ‘On the other hand, some suggest that it requires neither courage nor skill to outwit a bouncy, four-legged, floppy-eared thing with a twitchy pink nose.’
    • ‘The gift also had a pink nose, pointy twitchy ears, and four paws.’
    • ‘And off she would go; and come back, grey eyes blank, wide mouth twitchy, ill-tempered from the drugs, at 10 the next morning.’
    • ‘Last night I dreamt I had a hamster, it was very small, and kind of caramel coloured and white, with a little twitchy nose and fluffy fur.’
    • ‘I watched her close her eyes and they seemed to tremble, the muscles of an eighty-year-old involuntarily twitchy.’
    • ‘Lying on one side had made her back stiff, and her legs a little twitchy… She felt drawn so tight, so tense, that she would snap.’
    • ‘The rat was scuttling around sniffing things with its twitchy nose.’