Definition of antsy in US English:



North American
  • Agitated, impatient, or restless.

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