jittery

adjective
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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Other Words from jittery

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 Story’s wife drove him over to the stadium, since Story himself was too jittery. Kevin Reynolds, Dallas News, "A fitting end to a ‘crazy’ regular season: How a coin flip decided two playoff spots in North Texas," 7 Dec. 2020 These burly, tattooed guys grow increasingly jittery as the night wears on, jumping at the sound of creaking floorboards, recoiling from their own shadows. Lorraine Ali Television Critic, Los Angeles Times, "In a year of loss, I found comfort and connection in an unlikely place: paranormal TV," 10 Dec. 2020 While acknowledging that playing Trophy Club Byron Nelson was not routine, Flower Mound volleyball coach Jamie Siegel was surprised her team came out jittery and nervous Tuesday. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Volleyball playoffs: Flower Mound knocks out defending 6A state champ Byron Nelson; Lovejoy moves closer to another state title," 2 Dec. 2020 In her big confrontation scene with Ms. Streep’s character on the boat, Ms. Bergen was jittery. New York Times, "Candice Bergen, Woman Who’s Had It All," 5 Dec. 2020 The pandemic has already benefited Amazon, which continues to seal its dominance in the online space as jittery shoppers click on their devices instead of venturing into stores. Arkansas Online, "Black Friday offers beacon of hope to struggling stores," 27 Nov. 2020 The emergency lending facilities were vital in calming jittery markets in March and April. Craig Torres, Bloomberg.com, "Yellen May Boost Treasury-Fed Cooperation, With Eye on GOP," 25 Nov. 2020 His moderate politics and establishment bonafides will reassure some jittery allies, but unnerve others. Washington Post, "Trump’s defeat is a blow for the world’s demagogues and dictators," 10 Nov. 2020 Registering the jittery chromatic harmonies and occasional underlying structures—ghosts of geometry—takes time. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "How to Read Sam Gilliam’s Formalism," 9 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of jittery

1931, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Jan 2021

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“Jittery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jittery. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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jittery

adjective
How to pronounce jittery (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of jittery

informal : very nervous

jittery

adjective
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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