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 twitch>b : easily excited or irritated : jumpy < … so nervous that he had to be escorted outside court to vomit … — Kevin Johnson and Andrea Stone>c : 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 Gilb>b : 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.
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 energy>b: easily excited or irritated
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