jumpy

[juhm-pee]
adjective, jumpier, jumpiest.
1.
subject to sudden, involuntary starts, especially from nervousness, fear, excitement, etc.
2.
characterized by sudden starts, jerks, or jumps: a jumpy narrative.

Origin:
1865–70; jump + -y1

jumpily, adverb
jumpiness, noun


1. jittery, skittish, fidgety.
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jumpy (ˈdʒʌmpɪ)
 
adj , jumpier, jumpiest
1.  nervous or apprehensive
2.  moving jerkily or fitfully
 
'jumpily
 
adv
 
'jumpiness
 
n

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jumpy definition


  1. mod.
    nervous. : Now, don't be jumpy. Everything will be all right.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
The patient has verbalized that she is somewhat nervous and jumpy but denies
  any unusual activity or stress.
The defendant appeared to be extremely jumpy and nervous and was sweating
  heavily.
At the subatomic scale, where the universe is jumpy and discontinuous,
  physicists don't know how gravity behaves.
The mood on the border had been growing increasingly jumpy of late.
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