Be extremely restless, uneasy, impatient, or anxious, as in This child just can’t sit still; she must have ants in her pants. This rhyming idiom calls up a vivid image of what might cause one to be jumpy. [ ; 1920s ]
Be eager for sexual activity, as in Bill’s got ants in his pants for Rita. This usage is less common today. [ ; 1920s ]
noun a port in N Madagascar: former French naval base. Pop: 73 491 (2001) Former name Diégo-Suarez
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. Contemporary Examples Nevertheless, Daum eventually got antsy for something slightly busier. My Real Estate Obsession Jacob Bernstein May 11, 2010 But most people I talk to are generally on […]
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. adjective antsier, antsiest (informal) restless, nervous, and impatient adj. 1838, American English, from plural of ant + -y (2); probably reflecting the same image as the slang expression have […]
a seaport on N Madagascar.