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jittery

[jit-uh-ree] /ˈdʒɪt ə ri/
adjective, jitterier, jitteriest.
1.
extremely tense and nervous; jumpy:
He's very jittery about the medical checkup.
Origin of jittery
1930-1935
1930-35, Americanism; jitter + -y1
Related forms
jitteriness, noun
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  • Since the Skye excitement everyone is inclined to be jittery and nerves are stretched tightly.

  • You see, it sort of riled me—I warn't used to the ways of jittery swells.

  • Chub flushed, knowing full well that reference was being made to the jittery way he had talked about ghosts.

  • And I'll admit that I was as jittery as a hen on a hot stove until we got this Fortress off the ground, and into the air.

    Dave Dawson at Truk Robert Sydney Bowen
  • But she was jittery as an old hen and it weren't like her nohow.

    Year of the Big Thaw Marion Zimmer Bradley
British Dictionary definitions for jittery

jittery

/ˈdʒɪtərɪ/
adjective
1.
(informal) nervous and anxious
Derived Forms
jitteriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for jittery
adj.

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

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

jittery

adjective

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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