jitter

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noun

jit·​ter ˈji-tər How to pronounce jitter (audio)
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jitters ˈji-tərz How to pronounce jitter (audio) plural : a sense of panic or extreme nervousness
had a bad case of the jitters before his performance
2
: the state of mind or the movement of one that jitters
3
: irregular random movement (as of a pointer or an image on a television screen)
also : vibratory motion

jitter

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verb

jittered; jittering; jitters

intransitive verb

1
: to make continuous fast repetitive movements
2
: to be nervous or act in a nervous way

Examples of jitter in a Sentence

Noun always got the jitters right before a test
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
On Friday, June 28, 2024, the women’s trials started off with lots of jitters and nerves, as expected. Deanna Taylor, Essence, 1 July 2024 From first day jitters to concerns about bullying, going to school can be a major cause of stress. Kimberly Zapata, Parents, 24 June 2024
Verb
This means polling averages can change by a few decimal places day to day — and probabilities may jitter by around a point, which cascades down into uncertainty in our model. G. Elliott Morris, ABC News, 11 June 2024 The screen jitters each time righteous bloodshed crosses Deva’s mind. Siddhant Adlakha, Variety, 22 Dec. 2023 See all Example Sentences for jitter 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun

1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1931, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of jitter was in 1929

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“Jitter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jitter. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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