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.
Recent Examples on the Web Get our daily newsletter But the authorities are jittery. The Economist, "China says Hong Kong’s protesters have the mainland in their sights," 12 Sep. 2019 Individual errors from Michael Keane, Declan Rice and Harry Maguire gifted the European minnows three goals, and England were constantly jittery in defence. SI.com, "7 Things We Learned During an Eventful Week of International Football," 11 Sep. 2019 Stocks have been jittery since then as investors have tried to make sense of seemingly mixed signals on trade progress, coupled with concerns about economic growth. Jill Disis, CNN, "Global stocks mixed as the US-China trade war looms," 27 Aug. 2019 Her two children, ages 17 and 14, were likewise shy and jittery, preparing to be embarrassed. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, "Canada’s elaborate citizenship ceremonies would be indoctrination if held anywhere else," 29 Aug. 2019 This year, investors have become increasingly jittery amid fears of slowing global economic growth and trade worries. San Diego Union-Tribune, "LPL investment chief: Trade conflict could linger into 2020, slowing business spending and economic growth," 19 Aug. 2019 Though no one else was killed or injured, the crash on the midtown Manhattan high-rise raises the issue again about flight rules over New York, still jittery almost 18 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "New York chopper crash: Pilot's rating questioned amid questions over flight rules," 11 June 2019 As the pocket began to constrict, Agnew bounced confidently – no jittery feet, no panic, no indecision – and uncorked a perfect, in-stride ball to Houston over the middle. San Diego Union-Tribune, "This Ryan Agnew ‘magnificent’ in Aztecs’ historic win against UCLA," 7 Sep. 2019 With global interest rates falling, trade wars raging and markets jittery, the months ahead may be tricky for banks and wealth managers everywhere. The Economist, "Tidjane Thiam’s overhaul of Credit Suisse is paying off," 24 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of jittery

1931, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Oct 2019

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The first known use of jittery was in 1931

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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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