adjective Date: 14th century 1. archaic sinewy, strong 2. marked by strength of thought, feeling, or style ; spirited <
a vibrant tight-packed nervous style of writing
3. of, relating to, or composed of neurons 4. a. of or relating to the nerves; also originating in or affected by the nerves <
nervous energy
b. easily excited or irritated ; jumpy c. timid, apprehensive <
a nervous smile
nervous of strangers
5. a. tending to produce nervousness or agitation ; uneasy <
a nervous situation
b. appearing or acting unsteady, erratic, or irregular — used of inanimate things Synonyms: see vigorousnervously adverbnervousness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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