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nervous

[ nur-vuhs ]
/ ˈnɜr vəs /
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Origin of nervous

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from 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 forms of nervous

nervously, adverbnervousness, noun
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Medical 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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