Adjective "antsy" definition and examples

(Antsy may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Agitated, impatient, or restless.
  1. 'She sensed that he was growing impatient and somewhat antsy.'
  2. 'The city is broke and the people are getting antsy for entertainment again.'
  3. 'She looks so antsy and out of sorts that it almost throws me.'
  4. 'I can't even sit on a bench between two people without getting antsy.'
  5. 'So he stared, and thought, and fretted as she grew increasingly more antsy.'
  6. 'But Diana became antsy eventually, and decided that it would be more productive to travel than to stay put.'
  7. 'As I discovered on many occasions, both on the water and on land, this constant state of readiness makes the men antsy.'
  8. 'By the end of the movie it was around 11 and we were all a bit antsy.'
  9. 'I lay restless and antsy, tossing and turning every couple of minutes.'
  10. 'As most of you know, I tend to get a little antsy on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.'

More definitions

1. unable to sit or stand still; fidgety: The children were bored and antsy.

2. apprehensive, uneasy, or nervous: I'm a little antsy since hearing those storm warnings.

More examples(as adjective)

"traders can be antsy over erosions."

"markets can be antsy over losses."

"bonds can be antsy."

"traders can be antsy."

"markets can be antsy."

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Mid 19th century: probably from the phrase have ants in one's pants (see ant).