An example of antsy is a kid on Christmas morning
Origin of antsyfrom ant + -y: probably from phrase have ants in one's pants, be full of nervous energy
adjectiveant·si·er, ant·si·est Informal
- Restless or impatient; fidgety: The long wait made the children antsy.
- Nervous; apprehensive: “Camps got shot up all the time, but if there wasn't a shoot-up, they'd get antsy” ( Harper's )
Origin of antsyPerhaps from the incessant motions of ants
(comparative antsier, superlative antsiest)
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.