Peggy commits a grievous faux pas when she nervously eyes her purse—with a wad of cash inside—next to the sofa.
When I reached GOP county Treasurer Elaine Spencer, she nervously referred me back to Brinegar.
Now Baronova sits in the coffee shop and nervously fiddles with an unlit cigarette.
Once she got on the bed, I immediately and nervously took off all my clothes, too.
The police erected metal barricades outside the grounds, nervously holding back floods of Oprah gawkers.
"No, you must not," she said, coming back to the present nervously.
Mrs. Shimerda kept wiggling her bare feet about nervously in the dust.
He was handing her out with hands that trembled as nervously as her own.
The jeweller brought his hands together, and washed them nervously.
Seeing the expression on her face, Clodagh nervously anticipated her words.
c.1400, "affecting the sinews," from Latin nervosus "sinewy, vigorous," from nervus "sinew, nerve" (see nerve). Meaning "of or belonging to the nerves" in the modern sense is from 1660s. Meaning "suffering disorder of the nervous system" is from 1734; illogical sense "restless, agitated, lacking nerve" is 1740. Widespread popular use as a euphemism for mental forced the medical community to coin neurological to replace it in the older sense. Nervous wreck first attested 1862. Related: Nervously; nervousness.
nervous nerv·ous (nûr'vəs)
Of or relating to the nerves or nervous system.
Stemming from or affecting the nerves or nervous system, as a disease.
Easily agitated or distressed.