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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)


  1. Nervousadjective

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


  1. nervousadjective

    Easily agitated or alarmed. Being on edge or edgy.

  2. nervousadjective

    Apprehensive, anxious, hesitant, worried.

  3. nervousadjective

    Relating to or affecting the nerves.

  4. Etymology: From nervosus

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Nervousadjective

    Well strung; strong; vigorous.

    Etymology: nervosus, Latin.

    What nervous arms he boasts, how firm his tread,
    His limbs how turn’d. Alexander Pope, Odyssey, b. viii.

    Poor, weak, nervous creatures. Cheney.


  1. Nervous

    Nervous is a 2015 song by Irish singer-songwriter Gavin James from his album Bitter Pill. The song is a ballad written by Gavin James became the fifth consecutive single from the album following "The Book of Love" (released in 2014), "For You", "Bitter Pill" and "22" (all three released in 2015). The song went Gold in the UK Singles Chart as Platinum in Ireland Belgium, the Netherlands, Gold in Norway and Sweden. A music video was released directed by Christian Tierney.


  1. nervous

    Nervous refers to a state of being anxious, apprehensive, or unsettled. It can also pertain to the nervous system which is a complex network of nerves and cells that transmit signals between different parts of the body, regulating bodily functions and sensations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nervousadjective

    possessing nerve; sinewy; strong; vigorous

  2. Nervousadjective

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

  3. Nervousadjective

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

  4. Nervousadjective

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

  5. Nervousadjective

    sensitive; excitable; timid

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


  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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  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. Todd Arnedt:

    When we get anxious, that turns on what's called the sympathetic nervous system, the nervous system that gets us anxious and prepares our body to fight or flight, our heart beats faster ; our breathing speeds up.

  2. Anthony Nolan:

    Let's stop protecting these guys and covering up their actions. They make it bad for every decent officer, when I drive by kids, often they shout, 'don't kill me, don't shoot me.' We have to talk about this. I get nervous around other police officers myself.

  3. Alan Gayle:

    There's a lot of uncertainty and there's increased risk, which is making investors nervous during a normally seasonally-strong period.

  4. Jim Cortada:

    Will Amazon get to a point where antitrust officials get nervous? Absolutely.

  5. David Gruber:

    These catsharks live on the ocean bottom, yet we don't see any biofouling or growth, so this could help explain yet another amazing feature of shark skin, this study opens new questions related to potential function of biofluorescence in central nervous system signaling, resilience to microbial infections, and photoprotection.

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