jitter

noun
jit·​ter | \ ˈji-tər How to pronounce jitter (audio) \

Definition of jitter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 jitters 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

verb
jittered; jittering; jitters

Definition of jitter (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The timing of the decree was noteworthy, amid spiraling tensions between the U.S. and Iran and a string of unclaimed attacks on U.S. interests in the country that have added to regional jitters and raised fears Iraq could be a become a battleground. Washington Post, "Iraqi PM takes a gamble with move on Iran-backed militias," 5 July 2019 Zardes was another player who was much improved after some opening-match jitters. Brian Straus, SI.com, "No Vengeance but Just Reward for USMNT in Gold Cup Rout of Trinidad and Tobago," 22 June 2019 Well, the freshman jitters, the acclimation to college athletics is officially behind Savana Mata and Victoria Garivey. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Two former Lady Mavs conclude their freshmen collegiate softball seasons at Lamar," 11 June 2019 As the trial headed into its second day, investors got nervous and lopped $20 billion off the market cap on jitters around opioid litigation. Ellen Florian, Fortune, "J&J Called a 'Kingpin' in Opioid Case That Could Be a Test for 1,600 More Lawsuits," 7 June 2019 Recent swings in the stock market are threatening to unravel multibillion-dollar bets that rely on calm markets, potentially adding to investors’ jitters over the past week. Akane Otani, WSJ, "Volatility in Stocks Could Unravel Bets on Calm Markets," 12 May 2019 Zillow talked to were also buying another property, buyer jitters also added to their consternation. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Nothing to cry about: More than a third of home sellers get weepy over the deal," 26 June 2019 While workers may have embraced the news of some extra nine cents per hour, the Friday news also sent jitters up and down Wall Street—adding what is likely billions in losses to the stock market Monday. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Trump's White House Is Worried About the Stock Market. Should You Be?," 5 Feb. 2018 The jitters triggered a sell-off in stocks and sent bond yields sharply lower, flashing a possible recession warning. Elaine Kurtenbach, The Seattle Times, "Asian shares sink, tracking Friday’s retreat on Wall Street," 24 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The bad news is that latency is a lot higher, and controller position jittered a lot while moving, especially at high speeds. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "HTC Vive Focus hands-on impressions: No-PC, no-wires VR at a too-steep price," 9 Nov. 2018 Tracking was generally good, but objects occasionally shifted or jittered. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "I tried Magic Leap and saw a flawed glimpse of mixed reality’s amazing potential," 8 Aug. 2018 This happens all the time but, in Riley's composition, the periodic black and white edges are jittered in a way that generates apparent motion. Daniel Glaser, A-LIST, "Out of Your Mind," 1 July 2018 Sure enough, the more the eyes jittered, the stronger the effect. Daniel Glaser, A-LIST, "Out of Your Mind," 1 July 2018 The fragility of investors’ appetite for Greek debt was shown in recent weeks when market jitters over Italy also led to a rise in Greek bond yields. Nektaria Stamouli, WSJ, "Eurozone Gives Greece Some Debt Relief as Bailout Nears End," 22 June 2018 Jones said this is not the first time in recent months that jitters over growing nuclear tensions have boosted sales of potassium iodide, which comes in tablet and liquid form and should be taken within hours of exposure to radiation. NBC News, "Anti-radiation drug sales skyrocket after ‘nuclear button’ tweet," 11 Jan. 2018 The effort has produced impressive growth but also jitters among trading partners who fret about the government’s harsh treatment of domestic dissidents and labor activists. Mike Ives, New York Times, "A Disappearance in Berlin Clouds a Trade Deal in Vietnam," 2 Nov. 2017 That helped me get my first game jitters out of the way. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets unsure on Chris Paul's return," 21 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of jitter

Noun

1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1931, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for jitter

Noun

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