Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized by fitful, jerky movements.
  • adj. On edge; nervous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Nervous and excited.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Jumping, or inducing to jump; characterized by jumps

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. causing or characterized by jolts and irregular movements
  • adj. being in a tense state

Etymologies

From jump +‎ -y. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Some meds would lower his blood pressure but made him feel "jumpy" - not exactly the way you want to feel over a putt.

    Projo.com Projo Local News

  • Some functions are really "jumpy" - and they might differ on an infinitesimal-by-infinitesimal level.

    BetterExplained

  • I'm described as jumpy, and it's an accurate description.

    elfpvke Diary Entry

  • When I come across his name on a document it always makes me pause, it gives me pause, the name in jumpy type on some stamped document, James Nicholas Costanza, the raised stamp that marks a thing official, the document in the dusty bottom drawer, the sense of slight confusion until I realize who he is.

    Underworld

  • *smirk* - my word verification is ojmpyy. which sounds like "oh jumpy". which is smirkable when you know that in scotland, a jumpy is a shag

    The Ugly Truth

  • One unemployed person shared with me the fact that they were afraid the nervousness would show in an interview and then should he be hired, he fears he will be "jumpy," and an employer may think they hired the wrong guy.

    Nation's jobless rate drops

  • It seems like most videos are kind of jumpy and jerky anyway, so that didn't bother me.

    It's Amazing

  • After a while, I got kind of jumpy sitting up in our seats and told my mother I was going for a walk.

    Willie, My Momma, and Me

  • Just thought I'd add my own incomprehension of 'jumpy' to this Scottish language appreciation section of the blog.

    The Ugly Truth

  • I disliked the book for the "jumpy" way it was written.

    Reader reviews of Three Junes by Julia Glass.

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