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Meaning of nervous by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin nervōsus


    • ( RP ) IPA: /ˈnɜː.vəs/ X-SAMPA: /"n3:( r ).v@s/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈnɝː.vəs/ X-SAMPA: /"n3:r.v@s/


    nervous ( comparative more nervous, superlative most nervous )

    1. Easily agitated or alarmed; on edge or edgy .
    2. Apprehensive, anxious, hesitant, worried .
    3. Relating to or affecting the nerves .
      the central nervous system


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    See also

    • nervous in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • nervous in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

Explanation of nervous by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. unpredictably excitable ( especially of horses )

    2. excited in anticipation

    3. easily agitated

    4. a nervous addict
      a nervous thoroughbred
    5. causing or fraught with or showing anxiety

    6. those nervous moments before takeoff
    7. of or relating to the nervous system

    8. nervous disease

    Definition of nervous by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Nervous ( nẽrvŭs ), a. [L. nervosus sinewy, vigorous: cf. F. nerveux. See Nerve.]
      1. Possessing nerve; sinewy; strong; vigorous. “Nervous arms.” Pope.

      2. Possessing or manifesting vigor of mind; characterized by strength in sentiment or style; forcible; spirited; as, “a nervous writer”.

      3. Of or pertaining to the nerves; seated in the nerves; as, “nervous excitement; a nervous fever.”

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

      Poor, weak, nervous creatures. Cheyne.

      5. Sensitive; excitable; timid.

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

      Our aristocratic class does not firmly protest against the unfair treatment of Irish Catholics, because it is nervous about the land. M. Arnold.

      Nervous fever ( Med. ), a low form of fever characterized by great disturbance of the nervous system, as evinced by delirium, or stupor, disordered sensibility, etc. -- Nervous system ( Anat. ), the specialized coordinating apparatus which endows animals with sensation and volition. In vertebrates it is often divided into three systems: the central, brain and spinal cord; the peripheral, cranial and spinal nerves; and the sympathetic. See Brain, Nerve, Spinal cord, under Spinal, and Sympathetic system, under Sympathetic, and Illust. in Appendix. -- Nervous temperament, a condition of body characterized by a general predominance of mental manifestations. Mayne.