- 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
Don Loris, jittering, shivered next to Hoddan's grandfather.
"Nobody's said a word about it," said the Citizen's Representative, jittering.
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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