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jitter

[jit-er] /ˈdʒɪt ər/
noun
1.
jitters, nervousness; a feeling of fright or uneasiness (usually preceded by the):
Every time I have to make a speech, I get the jitters.
2.
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)
3.
to behave nervously.
Origin of jitter
1920-1925
1920-25; variant of chitter to shiver (Middle English chiteren), gradational variant of chatter
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jitter

/ˈdʒɪtə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to be anxious or nervous
noun
2.
the jitters, nervousness and anxiety
3.
(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 jitters
n.

"extreme nervousness," 1925, American English, perhaps an alteration of dialectal chitter "tremble, shiver," from Middle English chittern "to twitter, chatter."

jitter

v.

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

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jitter

verb
  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+)

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