- adja.nervous, jumpy, agitated► 'She's been getting a little antsy lately - wants me to leave my wife.' (The Secret of my Success, US film, 1987)b.eager for sexBoth senses are derived from the older, humorous colloquial expression 'to have ants in one's pants' (meaning to be rest-less or agitated). Antsy is a fairly common and inoffensive term in the USA and Aus-tralia, but rare in Britain.
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antsy — (adj.) 1838, American English, from plural of ANT (Cf. ant) + Y (Cf. y) (2); probably reflecting the same image as the slang expression have ants in (one s) pants be restless and fidgety from a century later. Related: Antsiness … Etymology dictionary
antsy — [adj] fidgety anxious, edgy, impatient, on pins and needles*, restless; concept 401 … New thesaurus
antsy — ☆ antsy [ant′sē ] adj. antsier, antsiest [< ANT1 + Y2: prob. < phr. have ants in one s pants, be full of nervous energy] Slang fidgety, nervous, impatient, etc … English World dictionary
antsy — adjective Date: 1838 1. restless, fidgety < antsy children >; also impatient, eager < antsy for a new challenge > 2. nervous, apprehensive < antsy investors > … New Collegiate Dictionary
antsy — [“aentsi] mod. nervous; restless. (See also have ants in one’s pants.) □ You ook a little antsy. What’s wrong? □ Who is that antsy guy? □ She gets antsy before a test … Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions
antsy — antsiness, n. /ant see/, adj., antsier, antsiest. Informal. 1. unable to sit or stand still; fidgety: The children were bored and antsy. 2. apprehensive, uneasy, or nervous: I m a little antsy since hearing those storm warnings. [1950 55; ANT +… … Universalium
antsy — [[t]æ̱ntsi[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ If someone is antsy, they are nervous or impatient. [AM, INFORMAL] This is the end of a tour so I m a little antsy, I guess. Syn: tetchy … English dictionary
antsy — UK [ˈæntsɪ] / US adjective Word forms antsy : adjective antsy comparative antsier superlative antsiest mainly American informal nervous and unable to relax … English dictionary
antsy — adjective /ˈæntsi/ restless, apprehensive and fidgety The children were antsy and worried [...]. “Rabbit at Rest”, by John Updike … Wiktionary
antsy — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. Sl. fidgety, restless, nervous, impatient, apprehensive, anxious, edgy, ill at ease, *on pins and needles. ANT.: calm, composed … English dictionary for students