nervousness


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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.

Nervousness

 

See Also: ANXIETY, TENSION, TREMBLING

  1. All nervous and jerky like a windup toy or maybe a cockroach on its back, waving its legs and trying to turn over —George Garrett
  2. Clucked nervously, like a mongoose —Romain Gary
  3. Excitable … like a little rooster —Irwin Shaw
  4. (Sat there open-mouthed,) feeling the nerves of his body twitter like so many sparrows perched upon his spinal column —F.Scott Fitzgerald
  5. Felt as if she were on the edge of a frozen pond, forced to go forward and not knowing how thick the ice was —Donald MacKenzie
  6. Felt as if someone had taken a vegetable peeler to my nerves —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  7. His nerves set themselves on edge like soured teeth —H. E. Bates
  8. His stomach felt like a volcano about to erupt —Andrew Kaplan
  9. It’s (persistent feeling of impending insanity) like my head’s in a vice and all the assholes of the world are turning the goddam handle —Thomas Williams
  10. Jumpy as a goat —James Thurber
  11. Jumpy as a greyhound —Wallace Stegner
  12. Jumpy as a jumping bean —Anon
  13. Lived like an exposed nerve —Rita Mae Brown
  14. Looked … like a nervous rabbit nibbling the smell of a gun barrel —Paul Theroux
  15. Nerves burned like open sores on a dog’s neck —Hunter S. Thompson
  16. Nerves like a bundle of firecrackers —Amy Lowell

    Lowell’s poem, Rosebud Wall-Paper, from which this is taken was written in country dialogue, with ‘of written as ‘o’.

  17. Nerves like new thread —John Updike
  18. Nerves tied in small, intricate knots, like embroidery stitching —Jean Thompson
  19. (In rapid motion, bright,) nervous as a butterfly —Marge Piercy
  20. Nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof —Anon

    In a television interview playwright Tennessee Williams stated that his father always used this phrase which became the title for one of his best known plays. It also served as a line for one of the leading characters, Maggie. During the interview Williams credited this and many other colorful phrases to Southern Blacks.

  21. Nervous as a coyote in a pen —W. P. Kinsella
  22. Nervous as a dog with a bone —Ben Hecht
  23. Nervous as a hamster —Reynolds Price
  24. Nervous as a kitten with a duck for a foster mother —Victor Canning
  25. Nervous as a whore in church —American colloquialism
  26. Nervous as a will o’-the-wisp —F. Scott Fitzgerald
  27. On edge, like some restless night —Yasunari Kawabata
  28. (They felt everything, feared everything, started back at the snapping of a twig, all their) senses strained like those of nervous explorers cautiously advancing, hand on cocked trigger, into an unknown jungle —Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  29. Shuddering and wary, like horses bewildered by lightning —Ted Hughes

    Hughes’ poem, A Wind Flashes the Grass, links the comparison of the wary horses to trees suddenly silent and motionless.

  30. White and shaken, like a dry martini —P. G. Wodehouse
  31. Wriggle nervously like captive fish —Margaret Millar
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nervousness - the anxious feeling you have when you have the jitters
anxiety - a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune
2.nervousness - an uneasy psychological statenervousness - an uneasy psychological state; "he suffered an attack of nerves"
mental condition, mental state, psychological condition, psychological state - (psychology) a mental condition in which the qualities of a state are relatively constant even though the state itself may be dynamic; "a manic state"
heebie-jeebies, jitters, screaming meemies - extreme nervousness
mental strain, nervous strain, strain - (psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress; "his responsibilities were a constant strain"; "the mental strain of staying alert hour after hour was too much for him"
3.nervousness - a sensitive or highly strung temperament
disposition, temperament - your usual mood; "he has a happy disposition"
queasiness, restlessness, uneasiness - inability to rest or relax or be still
skittishness, restiveness - characterized by nervousness and quickness to take fright

nervousness

noun anxiety, stress, tension, strain, unease, disquiet, agitation, trepidation, timidity, excitability, perturbation, edginess, worry, jumpiness, antsiness (informal) I smiled in an attempt to hide my nervousness.

nervousness

noun
Translations
عَصَبِيَّه
nervozita
nervøsitet
taugaveiklun
živčnost
oro
sinirlilik

nervousness

[ˈnɜːvəsnɪs] N (= apprehension, timidity) → nerviosismo m; (= fear) → miedo m
his nervousness of flyingsu miedo a volar

nervousness

[ˈnɜːrvəsnɪs] n
(= anxiety) → nervosité f
nervousness about sth → nervosité quant à qch
nervousness about the future → nervosité quant à l'avenir
There was nervousness in the White House about what might happen → La nervosité régnait à la Maison Blanche dans l'attente de ce qui allait bien pouvoir se passer.
(= lack of courage) → nervosité f
to conquer one's nervousness → vaincre sa nervositénervous system nsystème m nerveuxnervous wreck n
to be a nervous wreck → être à bout de nerfs

nervousness

nÄngstlichkeit f; (= edgy state)Nervosität f; his nervousness about flyingseine Angst vor dem Fliegen

nervousness

[ˈnɜːvəsnɪs] nnervosismo; (anxiousness) → ansia

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.

ner·vous·ness

n. nerviosismo, nerviosidad.

nervousness

n nerviosismo
References in classic literature ?
So she made the change, and straightway fancied that everything was spoiled by it; not recognizing that it was the nervousness of the juncture, and her own native squeamishness as an old maid, that wrought all the seeming mischief.
Even worse than that was the fearful nervousness from which she suffered; she would have frightful headaches and fits of aimless weeping; and sometimes she would come home at night shuddering and moaning, and would fling herself down upon the bed and burst into tears.
This letter has been the cure of all the little nervousness I have been feeling lately.
Heathcliff started; his eye rapidly surveyed our faces, Catherine met it with her accustomed look of nervousness and yet defiance, which he abhorred.
I hadn't really decided to suggest it," said the doctor, with his slight nervousness.
Don't be angry with me," she whispered, stooping over the old man with a sudden humility of look, and a sudden nervousness of manner.
The nervousness and dread that were upon him inspired that vague uneasiness respecting the Bank, which a great change would naturally awaken, with such feelings roused.
I have no doubt that it was largely nervousness that kept the mysterious playwright so long fumbling behind the scenes, for it was obvious that it would be no ordinary sort of play, no every-day domestic drama, that would satisfy this young lady, to whom life had given, by way of prologue, the inestimable blessing of wealth, and the privilege, as a matter of course, of choosing as she would among the grooms (that is, the bride-grooms) of the romantic British aristocracy.
The men from the open lists shot fairly true, but nervousness and fear of ridicule wrought their undoing.
I struggled to reason off the nervousness which had dominion over me.
Most illustrious Sir, excuse my awkwardness, which arises not from ignorance of the usages of polite society, but from a little surprise and nervousness, consequent on this somewhat unexpected visit.
Another had seen THREE immense Arabs with huge, black beards; but when, after conquering their nervousness, the rear guard advanced upon the enemy's position to investigate they found nothing, for Akut and the boy had retreated out of range of the unfriendly guns.