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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈnɜːvəs/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈnɝːvəs/
Audio (GA) (file)
- Hyphenation: nerv‧ous
- Easily agitated or alarmed; edgy, on edge.
- Being in a crowd of strangers makes me nervous.
- Apprehensive, anxious, hesitant, worried.
- 1843 December 19, Charles Dickens, “Stave V. The End of It.”, in A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas, London: Chapman & Hall, […], OCLC 55746801, page 161:
- They were looking at the table (which was spread out in great array); for these young housekeepers are always nervous on such points, and like to see that everything is right.
- Relating to or affecting the nerves.
- the central nervous system
- (archaic) Having nerves; nervose.
- a nervous leaf
- (obsolete) Showing nervous strength; sinewy, vigorous.
- (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]
Terms derived from nervous
relating to the nerves