adjective, antsier, antsiest. Informal.
unable to sit or stand still; fidgety: The children were bored and antsy.
apprehensive, uneasy, or nervous: I'm a little antsy since hearing those storm warnings.

1950–55; ant + -s3 + -y1; cf. -sy

antsiness, noun Unabridged
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antsy (ˈæntsɪ)
adj , antsier, antsiest
informal restless, nervous, and impatient

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Word Origin & History

1838, Amer.Eng., from ant (q.v.).
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Example sentences
As the prayers and hymns flow one after the other, they become antsy.
No surprise that lawmakers, goaded by civil-liberties groups, began to get
After too many hours cramped in that place you start to get antsy.
The pirates get antsy and the crews are the diversions.
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