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

Syn: edgy, fidgety, high-strung, in suspense(predicate), jumpy, nervous, nervy, overstrung, restive, uneasy, uptight. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • jittery — UK US /ˈdʒɪtəri/ adjective INFORMAL ► showing nervousness or fear about something: jittery about sth »Markets are feeling very jittery about a possible rise in interest rates. »jittery investors/markets/mood …   Financial and business terms

  • jittery — (adj.) 1931, American English, from JITTER (Cf. jitter) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Related: Jitteriness …   Etymology dictionary

  • jittery — jumpy, nervous, impatient, unquiet, restless, restive, uneasy, fidgety Analogous words: unnerved, unmanned (see UNNERVE): perturbed, agitated, disquieted, upset, discomposed (see DISCOMPOSE) Contrasted words: collected, composed, *cool,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • jittery — [adj] nervous antsy*, anxious, apprehensive, edgy, excitable, fidgety, high strung*, jumpy, on edge*, on pins and needles*, panicky, quivering, restless, shaky, skittish, spooked, tense, trembling, uneasy, uptight; concept 401 …   New thesaurus

  • jittery — ☆ jittery [jit′ər ē ] adj. Informal having the jitters …   English World dictionary

  • jittery — [[t]ʤɪ̱təri[/t]] ADJ GRADED If someone is jittery, they feel nervous or are behaving nervously. [INFORMAL] International investors have become jittery about the country s economy. Syn: jumpy, edgy, on edge …   English dictionary

  • jittery — jitteriness, n. /jit euh ree/, adj., jitterier, jitteriest. extremely tense and nervous; jumpy: He s very jittery about the medical checkup. [1930 35, Amer.; JITTER + Y1] * * * …   Universalium

  • jittery — adj. Jittery is used with these nouns: ↑nerve …   Collocations dictionary

  • jittery — jit|ter|y [ˈdʒıtəri] adj informal anxious or nervous ▪ It was probably the tension that made him jittery …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • jittery — adjective, informal the company s accounting troubles left stock investors jittery Syn: nervous, on edge, edgy, tense, anxious, agitated, ill at ease, uneasy, keyed up, overwrought, jumpy, on tenterhooks, worried, apprehensive; informal with… …   Thesaurus of popular words

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