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

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 In August, a financing vehicle for a paramilitary organization in far west Xinjiang missed repaying interest and principal on $73 million in bonds, sparking investor jitters about more defaults. Josh Chin, WSJ, "China Protest Over Cash-Strapped City’s School Plan Turns Violent," 2 Sep. 2018 Also called mental skills coaches, these psychologists help athletes manage everything from run-of-the-mill jitters to clinical anxiety. Taylyn Washington-harmon, SELF, "How Olympic Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad Deals With the Unexpected Physical Symptoms of Anxiety," 24 July 2018 In this view, the sell-off in emerging markets and jitters in the rich world, such as the sudden drop in American stocks in February and turbulence in Italy in May, have a common cause. The Economist, "Even stockmarket bulls are more cautious than at the start of the year," 12 July 2018 In the eurozone, futures on the VIX’s equivalent—the VStoxx—still predict some short-term jitters, but the curve has broadly shifted as well. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Wall Street’s Fear Gauge Flashes Green Again," 18 Oct. 2018 Adding to the jitters, stock markets are in correction territory and economic readings from around the world have come in below expectations. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Oil Demand Flashes Red, Sending Crude Prices Even Lower," 20 Dec. 2018 For locals, the road to recovery is more than just shaking off the post-earthquake jitters. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Lombok Earthquake Kills 100, Strands Tourists on Indonesian Islands," 6 Aug. 2018

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

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