Definition of jumpy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjəmpē/

adjective (jumpier, jumpiest)

1(Of a person) anxious and uneasy: he was tired and jumpy
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  • I couldn't sit still, I was jumpy and anxious especially about meeting Erica.
  • He was jumpy and apprehensive, and most likely wouldn't have been able to hit anything even surrounding the small oracle if pressed to.
  • Kathleen winced as his temper rose; she was jumpy and nervous now because of his actions but once again surprised at his words.
1.1Characterized by abrupt stops and starts or an irregular course: a jumpy pulse
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  • Excellent, a whole meal of stomach butterflies, jumpy heartbeats, racing pulses, and having to watch my step.
  • Then it turned and ran, the camera portraying a jumpy image as the guy ran.
  • Until we had moved three of four more stops up the line it was a jumpy, hesitant, tedious process.
jerky, jolting, lurching, bumpy, jarring;
fitful, convulsive



Pronunciation: /-pəlē/
Example sentences
  • US troops have proved unwilling to halt the anarchy, concentrating instead on securing their positions and jumpily watching out for potential attackers, notably suicide bombers.
  • ‘You just fell on the floor and started screaming,’ Josh said jumpily.
  • The man jumpily ran up, and shook my hand violently.


Pronunciation: /ˈjəmpēnəs/
Example sentences
  • Nevertheless, the fluidity of the text is generally not powerful enough to overcome the greater sense of disjointedness and jumpiness.
  • There has been a lot of this jumpiness about headlines and movies lately.
  • Difficulty sleeping, eating, or concentrating, irritability, and jumpiness - especially when a plane flies overhead or when around tall buildings - are all possible symptoms.

Words that rhyme with jumpy

bumpy, clumpy, dumpy, frumpy, grumpy, humpy, lumpy, plumpy, rumpy-pumpy, scrumpy, stumpy

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Syllabification: jump·y

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