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jitter

[jit-er] /ˈdʒɪt ər/
noun
1.
jitters, nervousness; a feeling of fright or uneasiness (usually preceded by the):
Every time I have to make a speech, I get the jitters.
2.
fluctuations in the image on a television screen or in copy received by facsimile transmission, caused by interference or by momentary failures of synchronization.
verb (used without object)
3.
to behave nervously.
Origin of jitter
1920-1925
1920-25; variant of chitter to shiver (Middle English chiteren), gradational variant of chatter
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  • Don Loris, jittering, shivered next to Hoddan's grandfather.

    The Pirates of Ersatz Murray Leinster
  • It took a few moments to steady her jittering thoughts enough to gain a more definite impression than that.

    Novice James H. Schmitz
  • "Nobody's said a word about it," said the Citizen's Representative, jittering.

    The Pirates of Ersatz Murray Leinster
  • Don Loris, jittering, displayed a sort of professional conversational charm.

    The Pirates of Ersatz Murray Leinster
  • Josip's hands were jittering so he jammed them into his pockets.

    Expediter Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Even as he stood there, outwardly calm but jittering internally, the Martian riders pulled up ten feet from the Earthmen.

British Dictionary definitions for jittering

jitter

/ˈdʒɪtə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to be anxious or nervous
noun
2.
the jitters, nervousness and anxiety
3.
(electronics) small rapid variations in the amplitude or timing of a waveform arising from fluctuations in the voltage supply, mechanical vibrations, etc
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for jittering

jitter

v.

"to move agitatedly," 1931, American English; see jitters. Related: Jittered; jittering.

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Slang definitions & phrases for jittering

jitter

verb

  1. To tremble; quiver: A line of half-washed clothes jittered on a rusty wire (1931+)
  2. To be nervous; be agitated; fret: I jittered around the house, unable to concentrate on anything (1932+)

[echoic-symbolic]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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