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[juhm-pee] /ˈdʒʌm pi/
adjective, jumpier, jumpiest.
subject to sudden, involuntary starts, especially from nervousness, fear, excitement, etc.
characterized by sudden starts, jerks, or jumps:
a jumpy narrative.
Origin of jumpy
1865-70; jump + -y1
Related forms
jumpily, adverb
jumpiness, noun
1. jittery, skittish, fidgety. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for jumpy
  • 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.
  • The events are not linked, but the government is getting jumpy.
  • The shortage appears to be limited to the west coast, but is enough to jangle nerves in an already-jumpy market.
  • As such, my post to you earlier was unwarranted, jumpy and unfair.
  • Their energy and motion are served up in discrete bits, jumpy and blurred, their exact behavior and position forever uncertain.
  • But this year could set new lows for jumpy, ill-mannered partisan ferocity.
  • Sometimes it's frantic and up-tempo and other times it's jumpy and swinging and other times it's slow and somber.
British Dictionary definitions for jumpy


adjective jumpier, jumpiest
nervous or apprehensive
moving jerkily or fitfully
Derived Forms
jumpily, adverb
jumpiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for jumpy

"nervous," 1869, from jump (n.) + -y (2). Related: Jumpiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for jumpy



Nervous; apprehensive; jittery: One of our pals is jumpy and he needs a bodyguard tonight (1879+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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