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NERVOUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does nervous mean? 

NERVOUS (adjective)
  The adjective NERVOUS has 5 senses:

1. easily agitated
2. causing or fraught with or showing anxiety
3. of or relating to the nervous system
4. excited in anticipation
5. unpredictably excitable (especially of horses)

  Familiarity information: NERVOUS used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


NERVOUS (adjective)


Sense 1nervous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Easily agitated

Context example:

quick nervous movements

Similar:

tense (in or of a state of physical or nervous tension)


Sense 2nervous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Causing or fraught with or showing anxiety

Synonyms:

unquiet; uneasy; nervous; anxious; queasy

Context examples:

spent an anxious night waiting for the test results / cast anxious glances behind her / those nervous moments before takeoff / an unquiet mind

Similar:

troubled (characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or need)


Sense 3nervous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to the nervous system

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

neural; nervous

Context examples:

nervous disease / neural disorder

Pertainym:

nervous system (the sensory and control apparatus consisting of a network of nerve cells)


Sense 4nervous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Excited in anticipation

Synonyms:

aflutter; nervous

Similar:

excited (in an aroused state)


Sense 5nervous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Unpredictably excitable (especially of horses)

Synonyms:

skittish; spooky; flighty; nervous

Similar:

excitable (easily excited)


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