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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

1838, American English, from plural of ant + -y (2); probably reflecting the same image as the slang expression have ants in (one’s) pants “be restless and fidgety” from a century later. Related: Antsiness.


In an anxious, disturbed state; nervous; jittery: But when things are quiet, I get antsy
Sexually aroused; lustful; hot


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