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jitter

noun jit·ter \ ˈji-tər \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of jitter

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

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Origin and Etymology of jitter

origin unknown


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jitter

verb

Definition of jitter

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

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First Known Use of jitter

1931




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