heebie-jeebies


Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms, Wikipedia.

hee·bie-jee·bies

 (hē′bē-jē′bēz)
pl.n. Slang
A feeling of uneasiness or nervousness; the jitters.

[Coined by William De Beck (1890-1942), American cartoonist, in his comic strip Barney Google.]

heebie-jeebies

(ˈhiːbɪˈdʒiːbɪz)
pl n
the heebie-jeebies slang apprehension and nervousness
[C20: coined by W. De Beck (1890–1942), American cartoonist]

hee•bie-jee•bies

(ˈhi biˈdʒi biz)

n.pl. Informal.
a condition of extreme nervousness; willies; jitters (usu. prec. by the).
[1905–10, Amer.; rhyming compound coined by W. De Beck (1890–1942), U.S. cartoonist]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.heebie-jeebies - extreme nervousnessheebie-jeebies - extreme nervousness      
jargon, lingo, patois, argot, vernacular, slang, cant - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"
nerves, nervousness - an uneasy psychological state; "he suffered an attack of nerves"

heebie-jeebies

noun
Slang. A state of nervous restlessness or agitation:
fidget (often used in plural), jitter (used in plural), jump (used in plural), shiver (used in plural), tremble (often used in plural).
Informal: all-overs, shake (used in plural).
Slang: jim-jams, willies.
Translations

heebie-jeebies

[ˌhiːbɪˈdʒiːbɪz] NPL to have the heebie-jeebies (= shaking) → tener un tembleque; (= fright, nerves) → estar hecho un flan
it gives me the heebie-jeebies (= revulsion) → me da asco; (= fright, apprehension) → me pone los pelos de punta, me da escalofríos

heebie-jeebies

pl (inf)Gänsehaut f (inf); it/he gives me the heebie-jeebiesdabei/wenn ich ihn sehe, bekomm ich eine Gänsehaut (inf)

heebie-jeebies

[ˈhiːbɪˈdʒiːbɪz] npl (fam) I had the heebie-jeebiesle gambe mi facevano giacomo giacomo
it gives me the heebie-jeebies → mi fa venire la tremarella
References in periodicals archive ?
If you like chillers that give you the heebie-jeebies, the urgently paced 'Metalhead' is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat as it follows how a deadly robotic dog terrorizes rebels (Maxine Peake) in a post-apocalyptic world.
CORVALLIS - "Whenever Welch gets around a computer," a Register-Guard tech specialist once said, "I get the heebie-jeebies.
Har perils the on who people keep can't down vo ices The thought of people listening to my calls gives me the heebie-jeebies.
Musically, Moldovan group Carla's Dreams have been called everything from pop and R'n'B to jazz and reggae, but it's their look that gives us the heebie-jeebies - the band is anonymous, performing in hoodies, masks and eerie facial make-up.
Research by credit report firm Noddle also shows applying for credit gives more than two-thirds the heebie-jeebies as we worry we will be turned down.
EMMA GREEN: This place gave me the heebie-jeebies when I walked around it at 3am.
Were it not for Brexit giving financial markets the heebie-jeebies, this would have to have been one of the shortest bear markets in living memory -- unless, of course, you take note of doomsters like that blithering idiot of a so-called financial expert who writes, inter-alia no doubt, for the Motley Fool .
THE merest sight of red and white stripes around The Hawthorns normally gives Albion players and fans alike the heebie-jeebies.
I get the heebie-jeebies reading over and over about the need to install timers at traffic signals.
When David gives Goliath the political heebie-jeebies
We are asked to say a neat 'hello' to Timothy Limpet, a hairy troll who lives far way, and likes to be tidy, unlike normal trolls who' live in damp, dark, squelchy caves and like to scare the heebie-jeebies out of anyone they can'.