nervous

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From Middle English nervous, from Latin nervōsus.

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nervous (comparative more nervous, superlative most nervous)

  1. Easily agitated or alarmed; edgy, on edge.
    Being in a crowd of strangers makes me nervous.
  2. Apprehensive, anxious, hesitant, worried.
    Antonyms: calm, relaxed
  3. Relating to or affecting the nerves.
    the central nervous system
  4. (archaic) Having nerves; nervose.
    a nervous leaf
  5. (obsolete) Showing nervous strength; sinewy, vigorous.
  6. (obsolete) Of a piece of writing: forceful, powerful.
    • 1663, Edward Waterhous [i.e., Edward Watehouse], Fortescutus Illustratus, or a Commentary on that Nervous Treatise De Laudibus Legum Angliæ, Written by Sir John Fortescue Knight, [], London: Printed by Tho. Roycroft for Thomas Dicas [], OCLC 830342279, title page:
      Fortescutus illustratus, or a commentary on that nervous treatise De Laudibus Legum Angliæ [] [book title]

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