jittery

[ jit-uh-ree ]
/ ˈdʒɪt ə ri /

adjective, jit·ter·i·er, jit·ter·i·est.

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

Origin of jittery

An Americanism dating back to 1930–35; jitter + -y1
Related formsjit·ter·i·ness, noun
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jittery

/ (ˈdʒɪtərɪ) /

adjective

informal nervous and anxious
Derived Formsjitteriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for jittery

jittery


adj.

1931, American English, from jitter + -y (2). Related: Jitteriness.

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