[ jit-er ]
/ ˈdʒɪt ər /
(the) jitters, nervousness; a feeling of fright or uneasiness: 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.
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Origin of jitter
First recorded 1920–25; variant of chitter “to shiver” (Middle English chiteren ), modification or variant of chatter
Words nearby jitter
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Example sentences from the Web for jitter
From mochaccino to Mary Jane, from jitter juice to joint, from java to ganja, say bye-bye barista, hello pot-ista.
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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