- highly excitable; unnaturally or acutely uneasy or apprehensive: to become nervous under stress.
- of or relating to the nerves: nervous tension.
- affecting the nerves: nervous diseases.
- suffering from, characterized by, or originating in disordered nerves.
- characterized by or attended with acute uneasiness or apprehension: a nervous moment for us all.
- having or containing nerves.
- sinewy or strong.
- Archaic. vigorous or spirited.
Origin of nervous
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Examples from the Web for nervously
George took his acoustic guitar and began showing me the chord changes, which I nervously wrote out on a chord chart.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More
September 29, 2014
“Mr. Richardson just dropped his pressure,” he said nervously about the brain-damaged patient in the CCU.Real Life Lazarus: When Patients Rise From the Dead
August 21, 2014
The Best Ass Hookie is about to be announced, and Black is nervously biting his lip.And The Escort of The Year Is… Backstage at The Sex Oscars
March 24, 2014
When pressed for why he couldn't, Richard nervously said "I just started here."Stockman Mystery Deepens
January 24, 2014
Her arms are wrapped around her legs as she nervously rocks back and forth.Why I Got Banned from Israel
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August 27, 2013
Then as the two became accustomed to the light, I saw what I had nervously expected.The Bacillus of Beauty
Evelyn spoke quickly and nervously, and with quivering lips.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
Molly nervously joined her, and addressed her, once or twice, in a whisper.Meadow Grass
Relieved of this weight, Little Dorrit was nervously anxious to be gone.
Her hands were then nervously clasping together, but he took one of them.
- 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
Word Origin and History for nervously
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.
- 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.