- 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 jittersanxiety, tension, uneasiness, anger, turbulence, worry, heebie-jeebies, nerves, dither, tenseness, willies, agitation, sensitivity, jump, flap, perturbation, impatience, tremble, disquiet, stimulation
Examples from the Web for jitters
Contemporary Examples of jitters
After 10 minutes or so, I feel like I drank a small cup of coffee—minus the jitters.High-Tech Meditation: Swap Your Yogi for a Headset
April 14, 2014
It was a case of the jitters, a nation primed to jump at the word “Boo!”When Mars Attacked 75 Years Ago—And Everyone Believed It
October 29, 2013
So much for a pre-board glass of wine, here you can calm your jitters with a pre-flight drag.Smoking Ban? Here's Where Cigarettes Are Still Allowed
February 21, 2013
No wonder that medical scare left us with a case of the jitters.Hillary Angst
January 2, 2013
It is a very British take on the mishaps, family drama, and last minute jitters of a bride on the day of her wedding.‘Downton Abbey’ Star Elizabeth McGovern on Season 3, ‘Cheerful Weather for the Wedding,’ and More
December 31, 2012
Historical Examples of jitters
The police might tell her she had been seized with a plain case of jitters.The Crystal Ball
Roy J. Snell
Ive had the jitters ever since those fellows got away again.The Adventure Girls at K Bar O
But all this didn't justify a case of jitters in the "basket room."I'll Kill You Tomorrow
A stiff jolt of elderberry wine drove off the jitters and reasoning returned.The Shining Cow
The whole earth had the jitters because of the apparently inevitable trial of strength between its two most gigantic powers.Operation Terror
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
- (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
"extreme nervousness," 1925, American English, perhaps an alteration of dialectal chitter "tremble, shiver," from Middle English chittern "to twitter, chatter."
"to move agitatedly," 1931, American English; see jitters. Related: Jittered; jittering.