A state of nervousness or anxiety, typically characterized by trembling or shaking.
Originated in the early 20th century, of uncertain origin, it is likely a colloquialism.
- She had a case of the jitters before her big presentation.
- He woke up with the jitters on the day of his wedding.
- The jitters were caused by the caffeine in the coffee.
- The jitters were a common symptom before a big game.
- The jitters were so bad that he couldn't hold a steady hand to sign the document.