from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having or feeling nervous unease: a jittery vigil in the dark.
  • adj. Marked by jittering movements: a jittery ride over rough terrain.

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  • adj. nervy, jumpy, on edge

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. being in a tense state; easily upset or frightened; -- of a person.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characterized by jerky movements
  • adj. being in a tense state


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  • He was close to a breakdown by January 1943, and his weak performance briefing the Com bined Chiefs of Staff at the Casablanca conference — Roosevelt thought him "jittery" — nearly led to his resignation.

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