nervous


ner·vous

adjective \ˈnər-vəs\

: having or showing feelings of being worried and afraid about what might happen

: often or easily becoming worried and afraid about what might happen

: causing someone to feel worried and afraid : making someone nervous

Full Definition of NERVOUS

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 nerves; also :  originating in or affected by the nerves <nervous energy>
b :  easily excited or irritated :  jumpy
c :  timid, apprehensive <a nervous smile> <nervous of strangers>
5
a :  tending to produce nervousness or agitation :  uneasy <a nervous situation>
b :  appearing or acting unsteady, erratic, or irregular —used of inanimate things
ner·vous·ly adverb
ner·vous·ness noun

Examples of NERVOUS

  1. She is nervous about her job interview.
  2. All this waiting is making me nervous.
  3. He gave a nervous glance at the clock.
  4. His nervous mother is always worrying that something terrible will happen to him.
  5. He has a nervous disposition.
  6. It was a very nervous situation.
  7. She suffers from a nervous disorder.
  8. He walked around with a nervous twitch.
  9. He had a nervous habit of pulling at his hair.
  10. The boy has a lot of nervous energy.

First Known Use of NERVOUS

14th century

Rhymes with NERVOUS

ner·vous

adjective \ˈnər-vəs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of NERVOUS

1
: of, relating to, or composed of neurons <the nervous layer of the eye>
2
a : of or relating to the nerves; also : originating in or affected by the nerves <nervous energy> b : easily excited or irritated
ner·vous·ly adverb
ner·vous·ness noun

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