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jittery

Meaning: very nervous

For example:

  • Sir Elton has been singing his songs on stage for over forty years, but he says he still gets jittery before a concert.

  • Police at the airport closely observe people entering the country, and if anyone seems jittery they stop them and search them for drugs.

Note: see also "the jitters"

Quick Quiz:

When would most people feel a bit jittery?
  1. after a long run
  2. before giving a speech
  3. while taking a cold shower

Discuss: jittery

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