[ jit-er ]
/ ˈdʒɪt ər /
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.
verb (used without object)
to behave nervously.
From The Waltz To The Jitterbug: How Classic Dances Got Their NamesAs you may suspect, the term “ballroom dancing” originates with the word “ball.” But what you may not know is that “ball” comes from the Latin word ballare, which means “to dance.” So what about all those dances performed in the ballroom? How did they get their names? The waltz The waltz is now considered a harmless, traditional type of ballroom dancing. But in 1825, it …
Origin of jitter
1920–25; variant of chitter to shiver (Middle English chiteren), gradational variant of chatter
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British Dictionary definitions for jitter
/ (ˈdʒɪtə) informal /
(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
Word Origin for jitter
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for jitter
"to move agitatedly," 1931, American English; see jitters. Related: Jittered; jittering.
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