jit·​tery | \ˈji-tə-rē \

Definition of jittery 

1 : suffering from the jitters

2 : marked by jittering movements

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jitteriness \ˈji-​tə-​rē-​nəs \ 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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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 Holt’s Sun Tunnels were solace for our jittery nerves. Anne Slowey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Fear and Self-Loathing in the American Southwest," 25 July 2018 While investors grew jittery in March that Beijing would scale back purchases of Treasuries to retaliate against the U.S. for new tariffs, China has shown little interest in disrupting financial markets over trade. Katherine Greifeld, Bloomberg.com, "China's U.S. Treasuries Holdings Fell $5.8 Billion in April," 15 June 2018 Pediatrician Nadia Hashimi, who will compete with Trone and four other Democrats in the June 26 primary, talked to voters at the forum about caring for jittery, addicted newborns. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "Experiences with opioid addiction and loss fuel Md. congressional hopefuls," 20 Jan. 2018 Investors were also jittery ahead of an OPEC meeting on June 22nd to discuss whether to increase oil production after an 18-month freeze in output. The Economist, "Business this week," 23 June 2018 Markets have also been jittery, with Italian government bonds and securities under pressure. Giovanni Legorano, WSJ, "Little-Known Law Professor Gets Nod to Form Italy’s New Government," 23 May 2018 But jittery investors latched onto his warning, not his reassurance. The Economist, "As its trade tussle with America heats up, China is on the back foot," 5 July 2018 But the anxiety, paranoia and general jittery quality of Byrne's earliest work has shed its skin offering a more translucent view of a skeletal system and its beating heart. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "David Byrne live: reviewing a slippery person," 29 Apr. 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

: very nervous


jit·​tery | \ˈji-tə-rē \

Kids Definition of jittery

1 : very nervous I get jittery before a test.

2 : showing nervousness jittery handwriting

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