Definition of nervous
- a vibrant tight-packed nervous style of writing
- nervous energy
- a nervous twitch
- … so nervous that he had to be escorted outside court to vomit …
- —Kevin Johnson and Andrea Stone
She is nervous about her job interview.
All this waiting is making me nervous.
He gave a nervous glance at the clock.
His nervous mother is always worrying that something terrible will happen to him.
He has a nervous disposition.
It was a very nervous situation.
She suffers from a nervous disorder.
He walked around with a nervous twitch.
He had a nervous habit of pulling at his hair.
The boy has a lot of nervous energy.
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keyed up, on edge, on pins and needles, on tenterhooks;
: 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
What made you want to look up nervous? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
without deliberation, pause, or delay
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