- 1Easily agitated or alarmed: a sensitive, nervous personMore example sentences
- In addition his is always jittery, nervous and panicky, always worried, always tense, never able to relax.
- Poppy's nervous, as there's no horror in it, and precious little angst.
- I consider myself to be a strong person and really do feel for those who are of a nervous disposition anyway as this is terrifying enough.
- 1.1Anxious or apprehensive: staying in the house on her own made her nervous he’s nervous of speaking in publicMore example sentences
anxious, worried, apprehensive, on edge, edgy, tense, strained, stressed, agitated, in a state of nerves, in a state of agitation, uneasy, restless, worked up, keyed up, overwrought, wrought up, strung out, jumpy, on tenterhooks, with one's stomach in knots, fidgety, fearful, frightened, scared, with one's heart in one's mouth, like a cat on a hot tin roof, quaking, trembling, shaking, shaking in one's shoes, shaky, on pins and needles, in a cold sweat, fevered, febrile• informal with butterflies in one's stomach, jittery, twitchy, in a state, uptight, wired, in a stew, all of a dither, all of a doodah, in a sweat, in a flap, in a tizz/tizzy, all of a lather, het up, in a twitterNorth American • informal spooky, squirrelly, in a twitAustralian/New Zealand • informal toeyBritish • vulgar slang shitting bricks, bricking oneself• dated overstrung
- We were pretty stressed and nervous about taking Arthur after the horrible accident of last weekend.
- The days are gone when I am going to get nervous about games or worry about whether or not I play well.
- I was, as ever, tense and nervous about the whole thing but I found it quite interesting and nicely handled.
- 1.2(Of a feeling or reaction) resulting from anxiety or anticipation: nervous energyMore example sentences
- It is an excited nervous feeling though, full of expectation and anticipation.
- The thought of his blind date gives him a rush of anticipatory nervous excitement.
- I commented on this and was told the rashes were a nervous reaction to low-flying jets and explosions.
- 2Relating to or affecting the nerves: a nervous disorderMore example sentences
- One might imagine that nervous tissue consists of nerve cells and very little else.
- Too ill to work and plagued by nervous disorders, these victims have almost given up on life.
- He also said the woman's case history files showed she had been treated for nervous disorders.
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- His nut-brown face was tight and his eyes darted nervously around his office and design studio.
- Over the next hour, perched nervously behind a squat corporate desk, he will barely smile once.
- Maybe build a little wall for yourself with books and music, maybe venture out nervously to the street.