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antsy Line breaks: antsy
Pronunciation: /ˈantsi/

Definition of antsy in English:

adjective (antsier, antsiest)

North American informal
Agitated, impatient, or restless: Dick got antsy the day he put to sea
More example sentences
  • 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.


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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