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?

a. after a long run

b. before giving a speech

c. while taking a cold shower

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Contributor: Matt Errey