Definition of jumpy in English:



  • 1(of a person) anxious and uneasy.

    ‘he was tired and jumpy’
    • ‘Usually I use it to calm my nerves if I'm jumpy for some reason.’
    • ‘He didn't know why he was so jumpy lately, every little thing scared him.’
    • ‘Kathleen winced as his temper rose; she was jumpy and nervous now because of his actions but once again surprised at his words.’
    • ‘I couldn't sit still, I was jumpy and anxious especially about meeting Erica.’
    • ‘Fear makes people jumpy and apprehensive, and more apt to resort to violence.’
    • ‘We were so jumpy, we scooted off to wait outside instead.’
    • ‘He was so jumpy at every sound he thought he'd overdose on adrenaline.’
    • ‘He was jumpy and apprehensive, and most likely wouldn't have been able to hit anything even surrounding the small oracle if pressed to.’
    • ‘He says that since starting the job he is less jumpy and no longer afraid of the dark.’
    • ‘That day, Sebastien had been feeling anxious and jumpy all day long.’
    • ‘He was jumpy, impatient; both things Mikey had never been in his life.’
    • ‘My palms were clammy, I was jumpy, and my parents were standing right behind me.’
    • ‘‘I can't believe you're so jumpy about where I'm coming from and what my angle is,’ I snap.’
    • ‘Of course she would be jumpy, especially if she expected him to kill her.’
    • ‘He was more jumpy than I was and he kept checking his watch.’
    • ‘She was constantly jumpy whenever someone mentioned my mother, and we eventually stopped hanging around each other.’
    • ‘But I was extra jumpy because my mom was in town visiting me at the time.’
    • ‘We stayed in Bali for about six weeks after the bomb and I was very jumpy.’
    • ‘I was jumpy, but in a good mood for the first time that week.’
    • ‘She was always jumpy around everyone, rarely ever relaxing her guard.’
    nervous, on edge, edgy, tense, anxious, ill at ease, unrelaxed, in a state of nerves, in a state of agitation, fretful, uneasy, restless, fidgety, worked up, keyed up, overwrought, wrought up, strung out, on tenterhooks, on pins and needles, with one's stomach in knots, worried, apprehensive, strained
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    1. 1.1 Characterized by abrupt stops and starts or an irregular course.
      ‘a jumpy pulse’
      • ‘Excellent, a whole meal of stomach butterflies, jumpy heartbeats, racing pulses, and having to watch my step.’
      • ‘Too much sensitivity will make the lights too jumpy, which increases driver strain.’
      • ‘Then it turned and ran, the camera portraying a jumpy image as the guy ran.’
      • ‘There must be more relaxing ways to reach the last eight, but via their third bumpy, jumpy display in a row, France finally got there last night.’
      • ‘Until we had moved three of four more stops up the line it was a jumpy, hesitant, tedious process.’
      • ‘Then the TV glows to life and fills with jumpy, amateur-hour footage of some kind of mass convulsion.’
      • ‘The script is remarkably similar which means there are too many very very short scenes which of course work brilliantly on film but here everything just feels jumpy and unfinished.’
      jerky, jolting
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