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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. Bernie Sanders:

    You can tell when a campaign gets nervous -- like the Clinton campaign -- and I think they're getting a little nervous, what do you think? when candidates and campaigns get nervous, they start throwing out a bunch of stuff.

  2. Prince Harry:

    My secret is -- believe it or not -- I get incredibly nervous before public speaking, no matter how big the crowd or the audience and, um, despite the fact that I laugh and joke all the time I get incredibly nervous, if not anxious, actually, before going into rooms full of people when I'm wearing a suit, and now that I've confessed that, I'll probably be even more worried that people are looking at me.

  3. Milo Bloom:

    The first sign of a nervous breakdown is when you start thinking your work is terribly important.

  4. Albert Einstein:

    When the Special Theory of Relativity began to germinate in me, I was visited by all sorts of nervous conflicts... I used to go away for weeks in a state of confusion.

  5. Shana Alexander:

    The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.

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