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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.

Wiktionary

  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.

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.]

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. Alex Viada:

    That just wipes you out, less intense work builds your endurance, gives you adaptations that help improve your heart, nervous system, and circulatory system function, and allows you to recover from intense workouts. It’s much more sustainable than intense work.

  2. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic:

    … My relationship with my dad, it took a little while for me and him to get really close and just [feel] like I can joke around with him and talk about anything, i grew up with my mom, and I was always nervous, and I didn’t want him to think bad of me and be like, ‘What the heck is this guy doing? He’s just partying all the time,’.

  3. Hayato Hoshino:

    I will mention it tomorrow morning ... but to be honest they are really nervous about it, so I don't think we can be too pushy.

  4. Britney Spearshas:

    I still get very nervous [about the awards]. You’re not alive [if you don’t]. I’m very alive.

  5. Martha McKittrick:

    Caffeine has effects on the brain and nervous system and can elevate cortisol levels and exacerbate the effects of stress on the body.

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    greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
    • A. numinous
    • B. lacerate
    • C. lank
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