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nervous

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of nervous

  1. 1 feeling or showing uncomfortable feelings of uncertainty he was nervous about how he would do at the varsity basketball tryouts Synonyms of nervous aflutter, antsy, anxious, atwitter, dithery, edgy, goosey, het up, hinky [slang], hung up, ill at ease, insecure, jittery, jumpy, nervy, perturbed, queasy (also queazy), tense, troubled, uneasy, unquiet, upset, uptight, worried Words Related to nervous aggrieved, bothered, concerned, disquieted, distraught, distressed, disturbed, freaked, freaked-out, shook-up; apprehensive, foreboding, hesitant, misgiving; fretful, fretting, stewing, vexed; qualmish, qualmy; flustered, twittered, undone, unnerved, unstrung; obsessed, preoccupied, restless; fidgety, flighty, fluttery, high-strung, hypertense, skittish, spooky Phrases keyed up, on edge, on pins and needles, on tenterhooks Near Antonyms of nervous confident, self-assured, self-confident, sure; controlled, self-controlled Antonyms of nervous calm, collected, cool, easy, happy-go-lucky, nerveless, relaxed

  2. 2 marked by or causing agitation or uncomfortable feelings a nervous silence filled the room as the teacher handed out the graded exams Synonyms of nervous agitating, anxious, creepy, disquieting, distressful, distressing, disturbing, fraught, hairy, nail-biting, nerve-racking (or nerve-wracking), restless, tense, uneasy, unnerving, unsettling, worrisome Words Related to nervous bothersome, troublesome; foreboding, misgiving; discouraging, disheartening, strained; restive, restless, unrestful; awkward, embarrassing Near Antonyms of nervous restful; pacific Antonyms of nervous calming, comfortable, easy, peaceful, quiet, quieting, tranquil

  3. 3 easily excited by nature a nervous sort of person, she's completely thrown by anything unexpected Synonyms of nervous fiddle-footed, flighty, fluttery, high-strung, hyper, hyperactive, hyperexcitable, hyperkinetic, jittery, jumpy, excitable, skittery, skittish, spasmodic, spookyWords Related to nervous hot-blooded, mercurial, temperamental, unstable, volatile, volcanic; anxious, edgy, flibbertigibbety, nervy, tense, uptight; emotional, emotionalistic, hypersensitive, intense, sensitive, soulful; dramatic, histrionic, melodramatic; irascible, irritable, perturbable, prickly, testy, touchyNear Antonyms of nervous calm, collected, cool, serene, tranquil; easy, easygoing, laid-back, relaxedAntonyms of nervous imperturbable, nerveless, unexcitable, unflappable, unshakable

Synonym Discussion of nervous

vigorous, energetic, strenuous, lusty, nervous mean having or showing great vitality and force. vigorous further implies showing no signs of depletion or diminishing of freshness or robustness.
    • as vigorous as a youth half his age
energetic suggests a capacity for intense activity.
    • an energetic campaigner
strenuous suggests a preference for coping with the arduous or the challenging.
    • the strenuous life on an oil rig
lusty implies exuberant energy and capacity for enjoyment.
    • a lusty appetite for life
nervous suggests especially the forcibleness and sustained effectiveness resulting from mental vigor.
    • full of nervous energy


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