noun(the heebie-jeebies) informal
A state of nervous fear or anxiety: it takes a lot more than a measly poltergeist to give me the heebie-jeebies
More example sentences
- I still get the heebie-jeebies, of course, but that's because my reputation is on the line.
- It gives you the heebie-jeebies because he's not crazy; he's probably like a lot of regular people you see, interact with and never really think about.
- I didn't, in this case, because the guy had already given me the heebie-jeebies, but pretty much any other time that's my reaction.
1920s: coined by W. B. DeBeck (1890–1942), American cartoonist, in his comic strip Barney Google.
Definition of heebie-jeebies in:
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