AskDefine | Define nervous

Dictionary Definition

nervous adj
1 easily agitated; "quick nervous movements"
2 causing or fraught with or showing anxiety; "spent an anxious night waiting for the test results"; "cast anxious glances behind her"; "those nervous moments before takeoff"; "an unquiet mind" [syn: anxious, uneasy, unquiet]
3 of or relating to the nervous system; "nervous disease"; "neural disorder" [syn: neural]
4 excited in anticipation [syn: aflutter]
5 unpredictably excitable (especially of horses) [syn: skittish, spooky]

User Contributed Dictionary



From nervosus


  • a RP /ˈnɜː.vəs/ /"n3:(r).v@s/
  • a US /ˈnɝː.vəs/ /"n3:r.v@s/


  1. Easily agitated or alarmed.
  2. Apprehensive or anxious.
  3. Relating to or affecting the nerves.


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Related terms


easily agitated
  • Danish: nervøs, nervesvag
  • Romanian: emoţionat
  • Russian: нервный
  • Spanish: nervioso
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: 紧张 (jǐnzhāng)
  • Czech: nervózní
  • Danish: nervøs
  • Dutch: nerveus
  • Finnish: hermostunut
  • French: nerveux
  • German: nervös
  • Hungarian: ideges
  • Italian: nervoso
  • Japanese: 神経の (しんけいの, shinkei no)
  • Korean: 흥분된 (heungbundoen)
  • Portuguese: nervoso
  • Romanian: emoţionat, nerăbdător
  • Russian: нервный
  • Spanish: nervioso
  • Swedish: nervös
relating to the nerves
  • Czech: nervový
  • Danish: nerve-
  • Romanian: nervos
  • Russian: нервный
  • Spanish: nervioso


Extensive Definition

Nervous may refer to:
nervous in French: Nerveux

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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