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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That gloomy mood helps explain why bond yields have cratered around the world as jittery investors bet on more easy money from central banks. Matt Egan, CNN, "Bank of America: Investors are the most bearish since 2008 crisis," 18 June 2019 Boeing couldn’t have hoped for a stronger endorsement to win back trust from wavering customers and a jittery public. latimes.com, "Boeing lands a showstopper deal to sell 200 new 737 Max planes," 18 June 2019 That will let jittery global investors and central bankers relax a little. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "China’s debt disease might wreck its uncrashable housing market," 11 June 2019 But word of the impending deployment is making people jittery - even though no Guard agents have arrived so far to join federal police, soldiers and immigration agents who stepped up enforcement in recent months. Washington Post, "Irregular crossings part of life at Mexico’s southern border," 13 June 2019 Barred from Oscar’s room, Julinna later asked nurses, who appeared jittery, about his condition. Sheri Fink, New York Times, "Migrants in Custody at Hospitals Are Treated Like Felons, Doctors Say," 10 June 2019 Down at that level, motion becomes jittery and far from smooth. Quanta Magazine, "Usain Bolt’s Split Times and the Power of Calculus," 3 Apr. 2019 Embrace that jittery feeling and reframe it for yourself as the incredible, empowering feeling of pushing yourself to grow. Melinda Gates, Teen Vogue, "How Melinda Gates Learned to Overcome Fear," 31 May 2019 More Economic News Friday’s results follow other signs that American households and businesses are growing increasingly jittery. David Harrison, WSJ, "U.S. Consumer Sentiment Falls Sharply," 18 Jan. 2019

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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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