Definition of nervous
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
4a : of or relating to the nerves; also : originating in or affected by the nerves nervous energy a nervous twitchb : easily excited or irritated : jumpy … so nervous that he had to be escorted outside court to vomit … — Kevin Johnson and Andrea Stonec : timid, apprehensive a nervous smile nervous of strangers
5a : tending to produce nervousness or agitation : uneasy a nervous situation His face was twisted in nervous anticipation. — Dagoberto Gilbb : appearing or acting unsteady, erratic, or irregular —used of inanimate things … climbed carefully into his nervous kayak … — Farley Mowat
Examples of nervous in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of nervous from the Web
Powassan attacks the nervous system and can infect the brain, causing encephalitis.
But children and adults can suffer serious liver, kidney and nervous system damage from swallowing water containing the algae.
A recent study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence also found that a very low dose of THC, one of the main compounds in marijuana, helped people feel less nervous about a public-speaking task.
Meanwhile, utility stocks, often a refuge for nervous investors,...
Mrs. Jha – clearly more practical (and nervous) – initially eschews the new car for ordinary taxis, argues against the installation of bathtubs as environmentally unsound, and worries about the vast changes ahead.
And that’s an attack on the nervous system that has never taken place before.
But ever since the Doomsday Clock, which measures how close the world is to a major anthropogenic disaster, was introduced after World War II, the public has kept a nervous eye on the likelihood of nuclear wars.
But untreated and out of control in the body, botulism attacks the nervous system, breathing and heart function.
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First Known Use of nervous
Synonym Discussion of nervous
NERVOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nervous for English Language Learners
: 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
NERVOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of nervous for Students
1 : having or showing feelings of worry, fear, or anxiety Having to give a speech makes me nervous.
2 : easily becoming worried, frightened, or anxious She's a nervous driver.
3 : of, relating to, or made up of nerves or nerve cells nervous tissue
Medical Definition of nervous
1: of, relating to, or composed of neurons the nervous layer of the eye
2a: of or relating to the nerves; also : originating in or affected by the nerves nervous energyb: easily excited or irritated
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