nervous

  • 1 Nervous — Nerv ous (n[ e]rv [u^]s), a. [L. nervosus sinewy, vigorous: cf. F. nerveux. See {Nerve}.] 1. Possessing nerve; sinewy; strong; vigorous. Nervous arms. Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. Possessing or manifesting vigor of mind; characterized by strength in… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Nervous — may refer to: The nervous system Nervous (song), a rockabilly/doo wop song first recorded by Gene Summers and His Rebels in 1958 Nervous Records, a UK record label Nervous Records (US), a US record label See also Nervousness , a song by the… …

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  • 3 nervous — (adj.) c.1400, affecting the sinews, from L. nervosus sinewy, vigorous, from nervus sinew, nerve (see NERVE (Cf. nerve)). Meaning of or belonging to the nerves in the modern sense is from 1660s. Meaning suffering disorder of the nervous system is …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 nervous — index suspicious (distrustfui), unsettled Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 nervous — 1 *vigorous, lusty, energetic, strenuous Analogous words: forceful, forcible, potent, *powerful: *spirited, mettlesome: virile, manly (see MALE) 2 *impatient, restless, restive, unquiet, uneasy, fidgety, jumpy, jittery …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 nervous — [adj] anxious, fearful afraid, agitated, annoyed, apprehensive, basket case*, bothered, concerned, distressed, disturbed, edgy, excitable, fidgety, fitful, flustered, fussy*, hesitant, high strung*, hysterical, irritable, jittery*, jumpy*, nervy* …

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  • 7 nervous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) easily agitated or alarmed. 2) apprehensive or anxious. 3) relating to or affecting the nerves. DERIVATIVES nervously adverb nervousness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 nervous — [nʉr′vəs] adj. [ME neruous < L nervosus] 1. Obs. strong; sinewy 2. vigorous in expression; animated 3. of the nerves 4. made up of or containing nerves 5. characterized by or having a disordered state of the nerves 6 …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 nervous — ner|vous W3S3 [ˈnə:vəs US ˈnə:r ] adj 1.) worried or frightened about something, and unable to relax →↑anxious nervous about ▪ She was so nervous about her exams that she couldn t sleep. ▪ I wish you d stop looking at me like that. You re making… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 nervous */*/ — UK [ˈnɜː(r)vəs] / US [ˈnɜrvəs] adjective Metaphor: When you feel nervous it is like being pulled, tied or stretched tightly. When you relax, it is like becoming loose again. I was feeling a bit tense. ♦ I find running is a good way to release… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 nervous — nerv|ous [ nɜrvəs ] adjective ** 1. ) feeling excited and worried, or slightly afraid: ANXIOUS: Driving on icy mountain roads makes me nervous. get nervous: I got very nervous waiting for my turn to be called. nervous about: She was nervous about …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 nervous — adjective 1 worried or frightened about something that may happen so that you cannot relax (+ about): I was so nervous about my exams that I couldn t sleep (+ of): Jill s always been a little nervous of dogs. 2 often becoming worried or… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 nervous — [[t]nɜ͟ː(r)vəs[/t]] ♦♦♦ 1) ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ, oft ADJ about/of n If someone is nervous, they are frightened or worried about something that is happening or might happen, and show this in their behaviour. The party has become deeply… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 nervous — adj. 1 having delicate or disordered nerves. 2 timid or anxious. 3 a excitable; highly strung; easily agitated. b resulting from this temperament (nervous tension; a nervous headache). 4 affecting or acting on the nerves. 5 (foll. by of + verbal… …

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  • 15 nervous — adj. VERBS ▪ appear, be, feel, look, seem, sound ▪ Both men appeared nervous. ▪ become, get …

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  • 16 nervous*/*/ — [ˈnɜːvəs] adj 1) feeling excited and worried, or slightly afraid Syn: anxious Driving on mountain roads always makes me nervous.[/ex] a nervous laugh[/ex] I got very nervous waiting for my turn to be called.[/ex] She was nervous about walking… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 17 nervous — adjective Date: 14th century 1. archaic sinewy, strong 2. marked by strength of thought, feeling, or style ; spirited < a vibrant tight packed nervous style of writing > 3. of, relating to, or composed of neurons 4. a. of or relating to the… …

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  • 18 nervous — nervously, adv. nervousness, n. /nerr veuhs/, adj. 1. highly excitable; unnaturally or acutely uneasy or apprehensive: to become nervous under stress. 2. of or pertaining to the nerves: nervous tension. 3. affecting the nerves: nervous diseases.… …

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  • 19 nervous — adj. nervous about, of (BE) (we were nervous about the recent reports of local violence) * * * [ nɜːvəs] of (we were nervous about the recent reports of local violence; BE) nervous about …

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  • 20 nervous — adjective 1) a nervous woman Syn: high strung, anxious, edgy, tense, excitable, jumpy, skittish, brittle, neurotic; timid, mousy, shy, fearful Ant: relaxed, calm …

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