[ nurv-lis ]
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  1. without nervousness, as in emergencies; calm; collected.

  2. lacking strength or vigor; feeble; weak.

  1. lacking firmness or courage; spiritless; cowardly.

  2. Anatomy, Botany. having no nerves.

Origin of nerveless

First recorded in 1725–35; nerve + -less

Other words from nerveless

  • nerve·less·ly, adverb
  • nerve·less·ness, noun

Words Nearby nerveless Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use nerveless in a sentence

  • The energetic, the daring, the high-spirited go, leaving the residue more abject and nerveless than ever.

    Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
  • Isabel longed for the time when she should enter them and pick up the threads dropped from her mother's nerveless fingers.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • For twenty minutes his hand never falters, then the charcoal drops from his nerveless fingers!

    Uncanny Tales | Various
  • Suddenly the audience was startled by the snapping of a string; the violin and bow dropped from the nerveless hands of the player.

    The Fifth String   | John Philip Sousa
  • The knob under Genevieve's nerveless fingers clicked sharply, and Miss Hart raised her head with a start.

    The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch | Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter

British Dictionary definitions for nerveless


/ (ˈnɜːvlɪs) /

  1. calm and collected

  2. listless or feeble

Derived forms of nerveless

  • nervelessly, adverb
  • nervelessness, noun

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