verb (used without object)
Origin of jitter
Examples from the Web for 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|Gregory Ferenstein|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Marc Wortman|October 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Abby Haglage|February 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
No wonder that medical scare left us with a case of the jitters.
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|Lorenza Muñoz|December 31, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Finding that box of money and having it in our possession, has given us all a case of the jitters.Dan Carter and the Money Box|Mildred A. Wirt
A stiff jolt of elderberry wine drove off the jitters and reasoning returned.The Shining Cow|Alex James
The two men exchanged smiles before Mr. Andrews answered, “Jitters is a complete wreck—in a deep gully near the border.”Crossed Trails in Mexico|Nell Virginia Fairfax and Helen Allan Ripley
And when your enemy starts getting the jitters, there's no telling what can happen.Dave Dawson on the Russian Front|R. Sidney Bowen
Comes out and sits on the side lines to watch practice quite often, and he gives me the jitters.The Mystery of Arnold Hall|Helen M. Persons
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.