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jumpy

[juhm-pee] /ˈdʒʌm pi/
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
1865-1870
1865-70; jump + -y1
Related forms
jumpily, adverb
jumpiness, noun
Synonyms
1. jittery, skittish, fidgety.
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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

jumpy

/ˈdʒʌmpɪ/
adjective jumpier, jumpiest
1.
nervous or apprehensive
2.
moving jerkily or fitfully
Derived Forms
jumpily, adverb
jumpiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for jumpy
adj.

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

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

jumpy

adjective

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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