Definitions of nervous

  1. excited in anticipation
  2. 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. unpredictably excitable ( especially of horses)
  4. easily agitated; " quick nervous movements"
  5. Nervousness.
  6. possessing nerve; sinewy; strong; vigorous.
  7. Possessing or manifesting vigor of mind; characterized by strength in sentiment or style; forcible; spirited; as, a nervous writer.
  8. Of or pertaining to the nerves; seated in the nerves; as, nervous excitement; a nervous fever.
  9. Having the nerves weak, diseased, or easily excited; subject to, or suffering from, undue excitement of the nerves; easily agitated or annoyed.
  10. Sensitive; excitable; timid.
  11. Pertaining to, or made of, nerves; having weak nerves; easily excited; timid; vigorous; as, a nervous literary style; restless or uneasy.
  12. Nervously.
  13. Pertaining to the nerves.
  14. Having nerve: sinewy: strong: vigorous: pertaining to the nerves: having the nerves easily excited or weak.
  15. Strong; vigorous; having weak or irritable nerves.
  16. Pertaining to or affected by the nerves.
  17. Unduly excitable; easily agitated.
  18. Full of nerve or vigor.
  19. Pertaining to the nerves; having nerves; strong; vigorous; pertaining to or affecting the nerves; with nerves easily agitated.
  20. Relating to the nerves; having the nerves affected; easily agitated; marked by strength in sentiment or style, as a writer; in bot., full of nerves; having the nerves prominently developed.
  21. Or designating nerves; tissue composed of nerve fibres.

Usage examples for nervous

  1. " This is the first time I ever felt nervous before a race," said he. – Laughing Bill Hyde and Other Stories by Rex Beach
  2. After what has passed I am not likely to be nervous." – The Lone Ranche by Captain Mayne Reid
  3. He hastened in nervous entreaty: " You hire me, Mr. Ide. – King Spruce, A Novel by Holman Day
  4. She has given me quite a nervous shock. – A Second Coming by Richard Marsh
  5. Why was he nervous? – Erik Dorn by Ben Hecht
  6. She had a nervous feeling that something new might have happened. – The Northern Light by E. Werner
  7. Hurriedly running over the letters, he picked out one, and opened it with nervous fingers. – Raiding with Morgan by Byron A. Dunn
  8. I am nervous and- foolish, I suppose. – Cap'n Warren's Wards by Joseph C. Lincoln
  9. But she was not nervous. – The Rangeland Avenger by Max Brand
  10. But the couple by no means felt nervous or out of place. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  11. I kept getting more nervous from year to year, and finally I have had to give up my position. – Stammering, Its Cause and Cure by Benjamin Nathaniel Bogue
  12. Then, as they entered the drawing- room, she said, with a little nervous smile: " I have heard from my son Stephen, Una." – Only One Love, or Who Was the Heir by Charles Garvice
  13. Carlia, it seems, has had a nervous break down, and the father thinks you can help." – Dorian by Nephi Anderson
  14. Pearlow had reason to be nervous. – The Last Straw by William J. Smith
  15. Every now and then he would give a nervous start and look back over his shoulder. – Yankee Ships and Yankee Sailors: Tales of 1812 by James Barnes
  16. I s'pose being all alone makes me nervous." – Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901 by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  17. She's nervous, poor soul, every moment the boy's away from her. – Cleek: the Man of the Forty Faces by Thomas W. Hanshew
  18. Sometimes I'm so nervous I can't look at you." – Jack of the Pony Express by Frank V. Webster
  19. It makes him nervous, you see. – Sube Cane by Edward Bellamy Partridge
  20. She is nervous to- night. – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman