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[jit-er] /ˈdʒɪt ər/
jitters, nervousness; a feeling of fright or uneasiness (usually preceded by the):
Every time I have to make a speech, I get the jitters.
fluctuations in the image on a television screen or in copy received by facsimile transmission, caused by interference or by momentary failures of synchronization.
verb (used without object)
to behave nervously.
Origin of jitter
1920-25; variant of chitter to shiver (Middle English chiteren), gradational variant of chatter Unabridged
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Examples from the web for jitter
  • But they were ignored as the financial markets shrugged off one jitter after another.
  • Voice traffic therefore suffers from the lowest possible jitter.
  • The unreliable controllers would sometimes cause the motor to jitter.
  • Voice requires a pretty good quality of service, so there's not latency or jitter on the packets as they go through.
  • However, time-sharing operating systems introduce jitter.
  • jitter is the variation in latency among the packets into which the data are decomposed for transmission over the network.
British Dictionary definitions for jitter


(intransitive) to be anxious or nervous
the jitters, nervousness and anxiety
(electronics) small rapid variations in the amplitude or timing of a waveform arising from fluctuations in the voltage supply, mechanical vibrations, etc
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for jitter

"to move agitatedly," 1931, American English; see jitters. Related: Jittered; jittering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for jitter


  1. To tremble; quiver: A line of half-washed clothes jittered on a rusty wire (1931+)
  2. To be nervous; be agitated; fret: I jittered around the house, unable to concentrate on anything (1932+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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jitter in Technology

Random variation in the timing of a signal, especially a clock.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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