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nerv·ous

 (nûr′vəs)
adj.
1.
a. Of or relating to the nerves or nervous system: nervous tissue.
b. Stemming from or affecting the nerves or nervous system: a nervous disorder.
2. Easily agitated or distressed; high-strung or jumpy.
3. Marked by or having a feeling of unease or apprehension: nervous moments before takeoff.
4. Vigorous in style or feeling; spirited: "the nervous thrust of a modern creation" (Henry A. Kissinger).
5. Archaic Strong; sinewy.

[Middle English, sinewy, containing nerves, from Latin nervōsus, sinewy, from nervus, sinew; see nerve.]

nerv′ous·ly adv.
nerv′ous·ness n.

nervous

(ˈnɜːvəs)
adj
1. very excitable or sensitive; highly strung
2. (often foll by of) apprehensive or worried: I'm nervous of traffic.
3. of, relating to, or containing nerves; neural: nervous tissue.
4. (Pathology) affecting the nerves or nervous tissue: a nervous disease.
5. archaic active, vigorous, or forceful
ˈnervously adv
ˈnervousness n

nerv•ous

(ˈnɜr vəs)

adj.
1. unnaturally or acutely uneasy or apprehensive; timid.
2. highly excitable or agitated.
3. of, pertaining to, or affecting the nerves: nervous tension; nervous diseases.
4. suffering from, characterized by, or originating in disordered nerves.
5. characterized by acute apprehension: a nervous moment.
6. having or containing nerves.
7. vigorous or spirited.
8. Archaic. sinewy or strong.
[1350–1400]
nerv′ous•ly, adv.
nerv′ous•ness, n.

nervous

anxiousirritatedannoyed
1. 'nervous'

If you are nervous, you are rather frightened about something that you are going to do or experience.

My daughter is nervous about starting school.
2. 'anxious'

If you are worried about something that might happen to someone else, don't say that you are 'nervous'. Say that you are anxious.

It's time to be going home – your mother will be anxious.
I had to deal with calls from anxious relatives.
3. 'irritated' and 'annoyed'

If something makes you angry and impatient because you cannot stop it continuing, don't say that it makes you 'nervous'. Say that you are irritated or annoyed by it.

Perhaps they were irritated by the sound of crying.
I was annoyed by his questions.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.nervous - easily agitated; "a nervous addict"; "a nervous thoroughbred"
tense - in or of a state of physical or nervous tension
2.nervous - causing or fraught with or showing anxietynervous - 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"
troubled - characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or need; "troubled areas"; "fell into a troubled sleep"; "a troubled expression"; "troubled teenagers"
3.nervous - of or relating to the nervous system; "nervous disease"; "neural disorder"
4.nervous - excited in anticipationnervous - excited in anticipation    
excited - in an aroused state
5.nervous - unpredictably excitable (especially of horses)
excitable - easily excited

nervous

adjective apprehensive, anxious, uneasy, edgy, worried, wired (slang), tense, fearful, shaky, hysterical, neurotic, agitated, ruffled, timid, hyper (informal), jittery (informal), uptight (informal), flustered, on edge, excitable, nervy (Brit. informal), jumpy, twitchy (informal), fidgety, timorous, highly strung, antsy (informal), toey (Austral. slang) I get very nervous when I'm in the house alone at night.
even, together (slang), cool, relaxed, confident, calm, steady, peaceful, bold, laid-back (informal), unfazed (informal), equable

nervous

adjective
1. In a state of anxiety or uneasiness:
2. Feeling or exhibiting nervous tension:
Slang: uptight.
Idioms: a bundle of nerves, all wound up, on edge.
Translations
خائِف، قَلِقعَصَبِيُّ الْـمَزَاجِعَصَبي
nervóznínervový
nervøs
kärsitu
hermostunut
nervozan
ideg-ideges
taugaóstyrkurtaugaóstyrkur, kvíîinn
神経質な
신경질적인
emoţionatnerăbdătornervos
nervový
živčen
nervös
กระวนกระวาย
biraz korkmuşsinir sistemisinirli
lo lắng

nervous

[ˈnɜːvəs]
A. ADJ
1. (= tense) → nervioso
to be/feel nervousestar nervioso; (= frightened) → tener miedo
I was nervous about the meetingestaba nervioso pensando en la reunión, la reunión me tenía nervioso
I was nervous about speaking in publicme asustaba hablar en público
to be of a nervous dispositionser nervioso
to get nervousponerse nervioso
to make sb nervousponer nervioso a algn; (= frighten) → dar miedo a algn
to be nervous of sth/sbtener miedo a algo/algn
he was in a highly nervous stateestaba muy nervioso, tenía los nervios a flor de piel
to be a nervous wreck (temporarily) → ser un manojo de nervios; (more permanently) → estar hecho polvo de los nervios
2. (Med) → nervioso
B. CPD nervous breakdown Ncrisis f inv nerviosa
nervous collapse Ncolapso m nervioso
nervous exhaustion Nagotamiento m nervioso
nervous system Nsistema m nervioso

nervous

[ˈnɜːrvəs] adj
(at particular time) (= worried) → nerveux/euse
I bite my nails when I'm nervous → Je me ronge les ongles quand je suis nerveux.
I've never seen him as nervous as this before → Je ne l'ai jamais vu aussi nerveux.
to be nervous about sth → craindre pour qch
They're nervous about their job security → Ils craignent pour la sécurité de leur emploi.
to be nervous about doing sth → appréhender de faire qch
I'm a bit nervous about flying to Paris by myself → J'appréhende un peu d'aller tout seul en avion à Paris.
Their coach is nervous about sounding too confident → Leur entraîneur craint de paraître trop confiant., Leur entraîneur se garde bien de paraître trop confiant.
(habitually)nerveux/euse
She was a very nervous woman → C'était une femme très nerveuse.
(= frightened) → nerveux/euse
to be nervous of sth → craindre qch
I'm a bit nervous of horses → Je crains un peu les chevaux.
People are so nervous of commitment → Les gens craignent tellement de s'engager.
She seems nervous of strangers
BUT Elle semble nerveuse en présence d'étrangers.
[tension, disorder] → nerveux/eusenervous breakdown ncrise f de nerfs
to have a nervous breakdown → faire une crise de nerfsnervous exhaustion nfatigue f nerveuse
to suffer from nervous exhaustion → souffrir de fatigue nerveuse

nervous

adj
(Anat) → Nerven-; (= related to the nerves) problem, disordernervös (bedingt); exhaustion, reflexnervös; nervous tensionNervenanspannung f
(= apprehensive, timid)ängstlich; (= on edge)nervös; to be or feel nervous (= be afraid)Angst haben; (= be worried)sich (dat)Sorgen machen; (= be on edge)nervös sein; you make me (feel) nervousdu machst mich (noch) ganz nervös; I am nervous about the exam/himmir ist bange vor dem Examen/um ihn; I was rather nervous about giving him the jobmir war nicht wohl bei dem Gedanken, ihm die Stelle zu geben; I am rather nervous about divingich habe eine ziemliche Angst vor dem Tauchen; to be in a nervous statenervös sein

nervous

in cpdsNerven-;
nervous breakdown
nervous disease
nervous energy
nVitalität f; after the exam I still had a lot of nervousnach dem Examen war ich noch ganz aufgedreht

nervous

:
nervous strain
nNervenanspannung f
nervous system
nNervensystem nt
nervous tension
nNervenanspannung f
nervous wreck
n (inf) to be/look a nervousmit den Nerven völlig am Ende or fertig sein

nervous

[ˈnɜːvəs] adj (Anat, Med) → nervoso/a; (edgy) → nervoso/a, agitato/a, teso/a; (apprehensive) → ansioso/a, apprensivo/a
he's full of nervous energy → è tutto nervi
he is making me nervous → mi innervosisce
I was nervous about speaking to her (apprehensive) → l'idea di parlarle mi agitava (excited) → ero emozionato all'idea di parlarle
I'm nervous about flying → ho un po' paura di volare

nerve

(nəːv) noun
1. one of the cords which carry messages between all parts of the body and the brain.
2. courage. He must have needed a lot of nerve to do that; He lost his nerve.
3. rudeness. What a nerve!
verb
to force (oneself) to have enough courage (to do something). He nerved himself to climb the high tower.
nerves noun plural
the condition of being too easily excited or upset. She suffers from nerves.
ˈnervous adjective
1. of the nerves. the nervous system.
2. rather afraid. She was nervous about travelling by air; a nervous old lady.
ˈnervously adverb
ˈnervousness noun
ˈnervy adjective
excitable. The horse is rather nervy.
ˈnerviness noun
ˈnerve-racking adjective
causing great anxiety or nervousness. a nerve-racking experience.
nervous breakdown
a period of mental illness caused by a time of great strain.
nervous system
the brain, spinal cord and nerves of a person or animal.
get on someone's nerves
to irritate someone. Her behaviour really gets on my nerves.

nervous

عَصَبِيُّ الْـمَزَاجِ nervózní nervøs nervös νευρικός nervioso hermostunut nerveux nervozan nervoso 神経質な 신경질적인 nerveus nervøs nerwowy nervoso нервный nervös กระวนกระวาย sinirli lo lắng 神经紧张的

ner·vous

a. nervioso-a, ansioso-a, excitable;
___ breakdowncolapso ___, crisis ___;
___ debilityfatiga ___;
___ disordertrastorno ___;
___ impulseimpulso ___;
___ systemsistema ___.

nervous

adj nervioso; to be — estar nervioso
References in classic literature ?
How would you like to be shut up for hours with a nervous, fussy old lady, who keeps you trotting, is never satisfied, and worries you till you you're ready to fly out the window or cry?
The nervous expressive fingers, flashing in and out of the light, might well have been mistaken for the fingers of the devotee going swiftly through decade after decade of his rosary.
He seemed nervous and shy, and glanced from Tom and Ned to his grandson-in-law, as the latter talked rapidly in the Indian dialect.
The moment he sat down, I noticed the nervous infirmity of which Mrs.
The mother played her accompaniments and at the same time watched her daughter with greedy admiration and nervous apprehension.
The dangerous weapons were brushed aside by the still nervous arm of the veteran, or fell of themselves, after menacing an act that it would seem no one had courage to perform.
If a physician of high standing, and one's own husband, assures friends and relatives that there is really nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression--a slight hysterical tendency--what is one to do?
A very nice arrangement," returned her father, with a slight nervous contraction of the corners of his mouth and eyelids to indicate mischievousness.
After this incident, Hepzibah retreated to the back parlor, where she at first caught up a half-finished stocking, and began knitting at it with nervous and irregular jerks; but quickly finding herself at odds with the stitches, she threw it aside, and walked hurriedly about the room.
He was a person of very striking aspect, with a white, lofty, and impending brow; large, brown, melancholy eyes, and a mouth which, unless when he forcibly compressed it, was apt to be tremulous, expressing both nervous sensibility and a vast power of self restraint.
A boggy, soggy, squitchy picture truly, enough to drive a nervous man distracted.
Of course there may be some nervous horses who have been hurt or frightened when they were young, who may be the better for them; but as I never was nervous, I can't judge.