Adjective "Nervous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Easily agitated or alarmed.
  1. 'Poppy's nervous, as there's no horror in it, and precious little angst.'
  2. 'In addition his is always jittery, nervous and panicky, always worried, always tense, never able to relax.'
  3. 'he's nervous of speaking in public'
  4. 'Foreign investors are nervous about coming in because of the deteriorating security situation.'
  5. 'I was pretty nervous about what to post, so the kind feedback is truly appreciated!'
  6. 'I was nervous about the whole thing and worried that something bad would happen to us all.'
  7. 'Warn the airline if you are exceptionally nervous about flying.'
  8. 'I wasn't nervous about how the play would be received - nothing like that at all.'
  9. 'Backstage, she admitted to being nervous about her debut live performance.'
  10. 'The days are gone when I am going to get nervous about games or worry about whether or not I play well.'
  11. 'Some visitors are still nervous about coming to the townships of Soweto.'
  12. 'You must have been a little bit nervous of what the safety situation is there.'
  13. 'I was really nervous about the gig because I'd have to introduce him.'
  14. 'By the time the race takes place, I was feeling something of the nervous excitement which grips the city.'
  15. 'The nervous and physical energy expended drained him in the second half, hence his withdrawal, said Williamson.'
  16. 'Jimmy always talked through matches, almost like a nervous reaction.'
  17. 'Up in the scorebox, Christie kept the board ticking along with all the nervous energy that explains why he hates just watching.'
  18. 'Thoroughly demoralized by my dream, I was in a state of nervous fright by the time I got to the venue.'
  19. 'So Fiona Shaw presents us with a woman who is wreathed in actorly display yet is also in a state of nervous panic.'
  20. 'I eyed the folder in her hands with both nervous excitement and a little bit of foreboding.'
  21. 'He has a nervous energy that makes his onstage presence intense and mesmerizing.'
  22. 'Most of the girls were up at the crack of dawn because of their nervous excitement.'
  23. 'I had been pacing around on the patio burning off nervous energy and this brought me to a halt.'
Relating to or affecting the nerves.
  1. 'He isolated it as a nervous disease and explained it physiologically as a disorder of the brain.'
  2. 'He also said the woman's case history files showed she had been treated for nervous disorders.'
  3. 'This aspect may cause frequent headaches and also can produce nervous disorders.'
  4. 'One might imagine that nervous tissue consists of nerve cells and very little else.'


1. highly excitable; unnaturally or acutely uneasy or apprehensive: to become nervous under stress.

2. of or relating to the nerves: nervous tension.

3. affecting the nerves: nervous diseases.

4. suffering from, characterized by, or originating in disordered nerves.

5. characterized by or attended with acute uneasiness or apprehension: a nervous moment for us all.

6. having or containing nerves.

7. sinewy or strong.

8. Archaic. vigorous or spirited.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be nervous about things."

"people can be nervous of things."

"markets can be nervous about things."

"people can be nervous of people."

"people can be nervous about people."

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Late Middle English (in the senses ‘containing nerves’ and ‘relating to the nerves’): from Latin nervosus ‘sinewy, vigorous’, from nervus ‘sinew’ (see nerve). nervous (sense 1) dates from the mid 18th century.