verb (used with object), nerved, nerv·ing.
Origin of nerve
Synonyms for nerve
Antonyms for nerve
Related Words for nervesnervousness, tension, stress, strain, irritation, imbalance, hysteria, tenseness, neurasthenia
Examples from the Web for nerves
Contemporary Examples of nerves
I was going to ask if you had nerves about opening on Broadway without a marquee name.Nigel Lythgoe on How to Save Reality TV, ‘On the Town,’ and ‘Brokeback Ballroom’
October 22, 2014
It took a special, meticulous kind of person to accomplish the undertaking, someone with brains, patience, and nerves of steel.The High Society Bank Robber of the 1800s
J. North Conway
October 19, 2014
So I was more wrought with nerves about that than almost anything in that number.Oscars Host Neil Patrick Harris on His Best and Worst Emcee Moments (VIDEO)
Neil Patrick Harris
October 15, 2014
The thought of wearing shorts and swimsuits preyed on her nerves.‘All About That Bass’ Singer Meghan Trainor On Haters and Her Polarizing (and Unlikely) No. 1 Hit
October 7, 2014
Not surprisingly, this laid-back ball of nerves is also both intensely rational and explosively emotional.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
Historical Examples of nerves
Was it not fear that had made his nerves so rocklike as he faced that crowd and made his get-away?
Terrible jarrin' to the nerves when folks come in and call on a sick man.
The man had no fear, he had no nerves; he was a machine, and death was his business.
His nerves had ceased their jangling under the tautening of necessity.Within the Law
But after a week or two her nerves were stretched taut as a string.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
pl n informal
Word Origin for nerve
c.1500, "to ornament with threads;" see nerve (n.). Meaning "to give strength or vigor" is from 1749. Related: Nerved; nerving.
late 14c., nerf "sinew, tendon," from Old French nerf and directly from Medieval Latin nervus "nerve," from Latin nervus "sinew, tendon; cord, bowstring," metathesis of pre-Latin *neuros, from PIE *(s)neu- "tendon, sinew" (cf. Sanskrit snavan- "band, sinew," Armenian neard "sinew," Greek neuron "sinew, tendon," in Galen "nerve"). Sense of "fibers that convey impulses between the brain and the body" is from c.1600.
Secondary senses developed from meaning "strength, vigor, energy" (c.1600), from the "sinew" sense. Hence figurative sense of "feeling, courage," first attested c.1600; that of "courage, boldness" is from 1809; bad sense "impudence, cheek" is from 1887. Latin nervus also had a figurative sense of "vigor, force, power, strength," as did Greek neuron. From the neurological sense come Nerves "condition of nervousness," attested from 1792; to get on someone's nerves, from 1895. War of nerves "psychological warfare" is from 1915.
see bundle of nerves; get on someone's nerves; get up (one's nerve); have a nerve; lose one's nerve; of all the nerve; war of nerves.