Definition of the heebie-jeebies noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the heebie-jeebies

BrE BrE//ˌhiːbi ˈdʒiːbiz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌhiːbi ˈdʒiːbiz//
[plural] (old-fashioned, informal) Fear
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a feeling of nervous fear or worry Being alone in the dark gives me the heebie-jeebies. See related entries: Fear Word Origin1920s (originally US): of unknown origin.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: the heebie-jeebies