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Definitions for nervous
ˈnɜr vəsner·vous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nervousadjective

    easily agitated

    "a nervous addict"; "a nervous thoroughbred"

  2. anxious, nervous, queasy, uneasy, unquietadjective

    causing or fraught with or showing anxiety

    "spent an anxious night waiting for the test results"; "cast anxious glances behind her"; "those nervous moments before takeoff"; "an unquiet mind"

  3. nervous, neuraladjective

    of or relating to the nervous system

    "nervous disease"; "neural disorder"

  4. aflutter, nervousadjective

    excited in anticipation

  5. skittish, flighty, spooky, nervousadjective

    unpredictably excitable (especially of horses)

GCIDE

  1. Nervousadjective

    Apprehensive; as, a child nervous about his mother's reaction to his bad report card.

    Etymology: [L. nervosus sinewy, vigorous: cf. F. nerveux. See Nerve.]

Wiktionary

  1. nervousadjective

    Easily agitated or alarmed. Being on edge or edgy.

    Etymology: From nervosus

  2. nervousadjective

    Apprehensive, anxious, hesitant, worried.

    Etymology: From nervosus

  3. nervousadjective

    Relating to or affecting the nerves.

    Etymology: From nervosus

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nervousadjective

    possessing nerve; sinewy; strong; vigorous

    Etymology: [L. nervosus sinewy, vigorous: cf. F. nerveux. See Nerve.]

  2. Nervousadjective

    possessing or manifesting vigor of mind; characterized by strength in sentiment or style; forcible; spirited; as, a nervous writer

    Etymology: [L. nervosus sinewy, vigorous: cf. F. nerveux. See Nerve.]

  3. Nervousadjective

    of or pertaining to the nerves; seated in the nerves; as, nervous excitement; a nervous fever

    Etymology: [L. nervosus sinewy, vigorous: cf. F. nerveux. See Nerve.]

  4. Nervousadjective

    having the nerves weak, diseased, or easily excited; subject to, or suffering from, undue excitement of the nerves; easily agitated or annoyed

    Etymology: [L. nervosus sinewy, vigorous: cf. F. nerveux. See Nerve.]

  5. Nervousadjective

    sensitive; excitable; timid

    Etymology: [L. nervosus sinewy, vigorous: cf. F. nerveux. See Nerve.]

Freebase

  1. Nervous

    "Nervous" is a rockabilly/doo-wop song first recorded by Gene Summers and His Rebels in 1958 and later covered by Robert Gordon and Link Wray, among others. It was composed by Mary Tarver in 1957, published by Ted Music, BMI and issued on Jan/Jane Records. The "Nervous" recording session took place at Liberty Records Studios in Hollywood, California in June 1958 and featured Rene Hall and James McClung on guitar, Plas Johnson on saxophone, Earl Palmer on drums, and George "Red" Callendar on bass. The background vocal group was the Five Masks. The flipside of "Nervous" was "Gotta Lotta That".

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nervous' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3223

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nervous' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3487

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nervous' in Adjectives Frequency: #430

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nervous in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nervous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of nervous in a Sentence

  1. George Orwell, 1984:

    It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself—anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face ... was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime ...

  2. Joe Nadreau:

    People are so nervous about outliving their money, and sometimes they shoot too far in their saving, you don't want to come to the end with $3 million saved, but having sacrificed your whole life along the way.

  3. Ken Cook:

    Children and farm workers in California will no longer be exposed to this neurotoxic pesticide that can permanently impair the brain and nervous systems.

  4. Rebecca Taskin:

    I'm not nervous for Rebecca Taskin, I'm more nervous for the kids.

  5. Wayne Hayer:

    I was nervous to go to class, morehouse is an all-male college and seeing me with a baby strapped to me would make all eyes be on me.

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