Definition of antsy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈantsē/


North American informal
Agitated, impatient, or restless: he was too antsy to stay in one place for long
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  • I lay restless and antsy, tossing and turning every couple of minutes.
  • She sensed that he was growing impatient and somewhat antsy.
  • And losing makes fans unhappy, coaches uneasy and owners antsy, ready to press the fire button.
agitated, anxious, fidgety, jumpy, fretful, restless, stir-crazy, wired


Mid 19th century: probably from the phrase have ants in one's pants (see ant).

Words that rhyme with antsy

Clancy, fancy, Nancy

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Syllabification: ant·sy

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