Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Restless or impatient; fidgety.
  • adjective Nervous; apprehensive.

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  • adjective restless, apprehensive and fidgety

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  • adjective nervous and unable to relax

Etymologies

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

[Perhaps from the incessant motions of ants.]

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From ants +‎ -y, as in ants in one's pants. The term antsy was first noted as a rural Southern USA figure of speech in the early 20th century.

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