Definition of jitter in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɪtə/


1 (jitters) Feelings of extreme nervousness: a bout of the jitters
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  • As far as opening nights go, there were no signs of jitters or stage fright.
  • Of course, they would be nervous with new-job jitters.
  • The book addresses subjects from exam-eve tensions to jitters before making a business presentation and everyday anxieties.
2 [mass noun] Slight irregular movement, variation, or unsteadiness, especially in an electrical signal or electronic device: picture jitter
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  • Not once did I experience any sort of mouse jitter or discrepancies in movement.
  • The picture also has some jitter, but I was so distracted by the streaking that I didn't notice whether it persisted through the entire run time.
  • In either case, the repeater must reduce the amount of jitter in its outgoing signal to ensure that downstream devices can recover it error-free.


1 [no object] Act nervously: an anxious student who jittered at any provocation
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  • The mage was jittering nervously as Lushya simply stood there dumbfounded.
  • She jittered nervously as she waited for it to show up.
  • Rycluse jittered nervously as he watched the onslaught of an attack.
2(Of a signal or device) suffer from jitter: the episode is only available as a jittering videotape version
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  • ‘Maybe its Camera jitters, maybe she's having second thoughts about the Harry Potter movie ’, James suggested as Tash shook her head.
  • Plus, there is a weird rippling / jittering problem with the location graphics that I found extremely annoying.
  • The panels had stopped jittering and a screen display in the center went alight.


1920s: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with jitter

bitter, committer, critter, embitter, emitter, fitter, flitter, fritter, glitter, gritter, hitter, knitter, litter, permitter, pitta, quitter, remitter, sitter, skitter, slitter, spitter, splitter, submitter, titter, transmitter, twitter, witter

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