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Meaning: anxious, uneasy, on edge

For example:

  • Customs officials get suspicious if air passengers seem jumpy and nervous when their luggage is being checked.

  • Everyone in the city was jumpy after the terrorists bombed the railway station.

Quick Quiz:

Peter gets jumpy whenever he's boarding a plane because
  1. he loves flying
  2. he exercises before a flight
  3. he has a fear of flying

Discuss: jumpy

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