Definition of heebie-jeebies in English:

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heebie-jeebies

Pronunciation: /ˌhēbēˈjēbēz/

plural 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.

Origin

1920s: coined by W. B. DeBeck (1890–1942), American cartoonist, in his comic strip Barney Google.

Words that rhyme with heebie-jeebies

Celebes

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: hee·bie-jee·bies

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