- 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
Related Words for jitteringthrob, pulsate, shudder, shiver, convulse, tremble, gyrate, quiver, wobble, flutter, fret, squirm, twiddle, jiggle, twitch, quail, totter, twitter, move, jar
Examples from the Web for jittering
Historical Examples of 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
Word Origin for jitter
"to move agitatedly," 1931, American English; see jitters. Related: Jittered; jittering.