- highly excitable; unnaturally or acutely uneasy or apprehensive: to become nervous under stress.
- of or relating to the nerves: nervous tension.
- affecting the nerves: nervous diseases.
- suffering from, characterized by, or originating in disordered nerves.
- characterized by or attended with acute uneasiness or apprehension: a nervous moment for us all.
- having or containing nerves.
- sinewy or strong.
- Archaic. vigorous or spirited.
Origin of nervous
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Examples from the Web for nervousness
Others on the RSD forum would deconstruct his approach: “too aggressive,” “too many questions,” “nervousness in your voice,” etc.School Shooters Love This Pickup Artist Website
December 5, 2014
Her nervousness about its content made her decide to publish it under a pseudonym, for reasons that would later become clear.Ted Hughes’s Brother on Losing Sylvia Plath
December 2, 2014
His brown eyes were penetrating yet peaceful, and he immediately disarmed my nervousness with his gentleness.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More
September 29, 2014
Adding to the nervousness are mixed messages from those who are supposed to be in the know.Ebola-Fueled Racism Is on the Rise in Europe
Barbie Latza Nadeau
August 21, 2014
They helped keep my nervousness and dread at a low boil, as I began to write a book about a writer at my age.Mark Twain, Writing Coach and Role Model
April 19, 2014
It is nothing but nervousness and fright at that horrible firing.In the Midst of Alarms
Suddenly she tore it open, her hands unsteady with nervousness.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
A cold rage of nervousness beset her, so overpowering that she herself was amazed at it.Tiverton Tales
She misunderstood: he laughed, but his nervousness was genuine.
Lately, he had half confessed to her what a nervousness she had produced.
- very excitable or sensitive; highly strung
- (often foll by of) apprehensive or worriedI'm nervous of traffic
- of, relating to, or containing nerves; neuralnervous tissue
- affecting the nerves or nervous tissuea nervous disease
- archaic active, vigorous, or forceful
Word Origin and History for nervousness
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.
- 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.