jit·​tery | \ ˈji-tə-rē How to pronounce jittery (audio) \

Definition of jittery

1 : suffering from the jitters
2 : marked by jittering movements

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jitteriness \ ˈji-​tə-​rē-​nəs How to pronounce jitteriness (audio) \ noun

Examples of jittery in a Sentence

I always get jittery when I have to give a speech. The latest economic news has made some investors jittery.

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This is exactly what jittery biotech investors should want to see. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Good News for Biotech: Shoppers Unfazed by Selloff," 7 Jan. 2019 The trip was initially billed as a way to calm jittery Arab allies who were unhappy with the Jerusalem decision and to find a way to restart peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. Brian Bennett, latimes.com, "Vice President Pence heads to the Middle East with prospects for peace deal all but dashed," 19 Jan. 2018 At Citigroup, investors had grown jittery late last year about the bank’s international exposure, given trade-war talk and worries about a slowdown in China. Telis Demos, WSJ, "Bank Investors Look Beyond Trading Revenue to Deliver Strong Gains," 20 Jan. 2019 With negotiations now at a standstill, Pence has been a frequent visitor to the Capitol, focused on trying to keep jittery Republicans from breaking with Trump. Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "Pence tested in role of messenger for Trump policies," 13 Jan. 2019 Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government may be getting jittery about its $82 billion borrowing program as the debt market continues to sell off. Subhadip Sircar, Bloomberg.com, "India Seeks to Jump Start Debt Demand Again as Borrowings Loom," 18 June 2018 But then the sources start to get a little jittery as publication becomes a real possibility, and legal departments get concerned about libel laws, and everything dies on the vine. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Les Moonves’s resignation is the most significant #MeToo moment yet," 12 Sep. 2018 So, right now with all this news that seems to be excellent for Donald Trump, Wall Street and the market are very, very jittery. Fox News, "Judge orders Fusion GPS to give deposition over dossier," 28 July 2018 Asthma has become equated with the jittery nerves that also pair with the stereotypical nerd. Kate Gardner, SELF, "Please Stop Giving All Nerdy Pop Culture Characters Asthma," 24 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of jittery

1931, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of jittery

informal : very nervous


jit·​tery | \ ˈji-tə-rē How to pronounce jittery (audio) \

Kids Definition of jittery

1 : very nervous I get jittery before a test.
2 : showing nervousness jittery handwriting

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