antsy

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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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antsy (comparative antsier, superlative antsiest)

  1. restless, apprehensive and fidgety
    The children were antsy and worried [...]. – “Rabbit at Rest”, by John Updike

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