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jittery

[ jit-uh-ree ]
/ ˈdʒɪt ə ri /
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adjective, jit·ter·i·er, jit·ter·i·est.

extremely tense and nervous; jumpy: He's very jittery about the medical checkup.

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Origin of jittery

An Americanism dating back to 1930–35; jitter + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM jittery

jit·ter·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for jittery

jittery
/ (ˈdʒɪtərɪ) /

adjective

informal nervous and anxious

Derived forms of jittery

jitteriness, noun
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