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Definition of "nervous" []

  • Of or relating to the nerves or nervous system: nervous tissue. (adjective)
  • Stemming from or affecting the nerves or nervous system: a nervous disorder. (adjective)
  • Easily agitated or distressed; high-strung or jumpy. (adjective)
  • Marked by or having a feeling of unease or apprehension: nervous moments before takeoff. (adjective)
  • Vigorous in style or feeling; spirited: "the nervous thrust of a modern creation” ( Henry A. Kissinger). (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "nervous" in a sentence
  • "It is hardly necessary to say that the functions of the nervous system are completely deranged, indeed, +nervous twitchings+ of the +eyelids+,"
  • "I am growing nervous (how you will laugh!) -- but it is true, -- really, wretchedly, ridiculously, fine-ladically _nervous_."
  • "Actually, people don, t really know the meaning of the term nervous breakdown."