nervous

[nur-vuhs]

adjective


Origin of nervous

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin nervōsus sinewy, equivalent to nerv(us) nerve + -ōsus -ous
Related formsnerv·ous·ly, adverbnerv·ous·ness, nounnon·ner·vous, adjectivenon·ner·vous·ly, adverbnon·ner·vous·ness, nouno·ver·nerv·ous, adjectiveo·ver·nerv·ous·ly, adverbo·ver·nerv·ous·ness, nounsem·i·nerv·ous, adjectivesem·i·nerv·ous·ly, adverbsem·i·nerv·ous·ness, nounun·nerv·ous, adjectiveun·nerv·ous·ly, adverbun·nerv·ous·ness, noun

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Related Words for nervously

excitedly, restlessly, anxiously, apprehensively

Examples from the Web for nervously

Contemporary Examples of nervously

Historical Examples of nervously

  • Then as the two became accustomed to the light, I saw what I had nervously expected.

  • Evelyn spoke quickly and nervously, and with quivering lips.

  • Molly nervously joined her, and addressed her, once or twice, in a whisper.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • Relieved of this weight, Little Dorrit was nervously anxious to be gone.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • Her hands were then nervously clasping together, but he took one of them.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens


British Dictionary definitions for nervously

nervous

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 nervously

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

nervously in Medicine

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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