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[jit-uh-ree] /ˈdʒɪt ə ri/
adjective, jitterier, jitteriest.
extremely tense and nervous; jumpy:
He's very jittery about the medical checkup.
Origin of jittery
1930-35, Americanism; jitter + -y1
Related forms
jitteriness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for jittery
  • Eating or drinking a large amount of caffeine can make you feel jittery, nervous, or energetic.
  • Our companions grow jittery, and an awkward silence falls.
  • In fact, environmental cues can exacerbate any innate tendency to use food as a balm for jittery nerves or sadness.
  • And no matter how many cups a day it samples, the mechanized coffee taster will never get jittery.
  • The crowd buzzed with jittery excitement, as they always do when it experiences a knockdown.
  • Which is probably comforting news as a jittery college finals season finishes up.
  • It also knows that users are jittery about making their personal information public.
  • The jittery camera shake of everyday vision is similarly smoothed over, and our memories are often radically revised.
  • The over-all effect is jittery, the textual equivalent of a film shot with a handheld camera.
  • In other words, it aspires to be the kind of neighborhood that does not easily absorb a nightly dispersal of jittery ex-convicts.
British Dictionary definitions for jittery


(informal) nervous and anxious
Derived Forms
jitteriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for jittery

1931, American English, from jitter + -y (2). Related: Jitteriness.

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



Nervous: He felt all jittery and uptight (1931+)

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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