- jitters, nervousness; a feeling of fright or uneasiness (usually preceded by the): Every time I have to make a speech, I get the jitters.
- fluctuations in the image on a television screen or in copy received by facsimile transmission, caused by interference or by momentary failures of synchronization.
- to behave nervously.
Origin of jitter
1920–25; variant of chitter to shiver (Middle English chiteren), gradational variant of chatter
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Examples from the Web for jittering
"Nobody's said a word about it," said the Citizen's Representative, jittering.
Don Loris, jittering, shivered next to Hoddan's grandfather.
Josip's hands were jittering so he jammed them into his pockets.Expediter
Dallas McCord Reynolds
It took a few moments to steady her jittering thoughts enough to gain a more definite impression than that.Novice
James H. Schmitz
Don Loris, jittering, displayed a sort of professional conversational charm.
- (intr) to be anxious or nervous
- the jitters nervousness and anxiety
- electronics small rapid variations in the amplitude or timing of a waveform arising from fluctuations in the voltage supply, mechanical vibrations, etc
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for jittering
"to move agitatedly," 1931, American English; see jitters. Related: Jittered; jittering.
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