nervous

[ nur-vuhs ]
/ ˈnɜr vəs /

adjective


Nearby words

  1. nervine,
  2. nerving,
  3. nervon,
  4. nervonic acid,
  5. nervosity,
  6. nervous bladder,
  7. nervous breakdown,
  8. nervous exhaustion,
  9. nervous indigestion,
  10. nervous lobe

Origin of nervous

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin nervōsus sinewy, equivalent to nerv(us) nerve + -ōsus -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for nervous

nervous

/ (ˈnɜːvəs) /

adjective

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
Derived Formsnervously, adverbnervousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for nervous

nervous

adj.

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.

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Medicine definitions for nervous

nervous

[ nûrvəs ]

adj.

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.

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