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.

1920–25; variant of chitter to shiver (Middle English chiteren), gradational variant of chatter

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jitter (ˈdʒɪtə)
1.  (intr) to be anxious or nervous
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
[C20: of unknown origin]

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