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 jittery (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 Brazil had only secured its independence from Portugal in 1889 with a military coup, and was still jittery from various mutinies and rebellions across its vast territory. Ela Bittencourt, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 Aside from worries over possible Fed policy shifts, investors are jittery over rising cases of COVID-19 due to the highly contagious delta variant and the impact of rising inflation on companies and consumers. Elaine Kurtenbach, ajc, 23 Sep. 2021 Just over a year ago, jittery investors withdrew from the markets over concern the pandemic would devastate the economy. Justin Baer, WSJ, 27 Aug. 2021 Although coronavirus restrictions have been lifted in India, the country, like others, is jittery after the detection of a new, worrisome variant in southern Africa. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 27 Nov. 2021 The uptick in joblessness left people feeling jittery. Simon Willis, Fortune, 14 Nov. 2021 Throughout the pandemic, the job of calming jittery families and promoting kid safety has fallen to America's pediatricians. Erin Richards, USA TODAY, 2 Nov. 2021 The speedy running back is less worrisome as a running threat, even though the Patriots have had trouble with similar jittery runners at times. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Oct. 2021 While logging an old tape of a local public affairs program, James sees a masked figure break into the broadcast for a few seconds, making jittery movements and abrasive noises. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of jittery

1931, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Jittery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jittery. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of jittery

: 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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