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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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 Since then, investors appear to have become less jittery about hawkish trade statements by the president. Andrew Mayeda, Bloomberg.com, "Why Trump's Trade War Isn't Worrying Most Economists, Yet," 5 June 2018 Shooting largely with a handheld camera, Qu generates a jittery energy that makes the characters' stress palpable. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "A government official's child rape is swept under the rug in Angels Wear White," 27 June 2018 Not too many things make a beat writer more jittery than a rainy forecast on getaway day. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Is anyone untouchable ahead of this year's trade deadline?," 24 June 2018 For the record, Klotzbach is not completely convinced a hurricane could happen, just a jittery open to the season, which officially starts June 1. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "How rare would a May hurricane be? The Beatles had a hit the last time it happened | Miami Herald," 25 May 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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