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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective nervous:

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Definition of the adjective nervous

What does nervous mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more nervous / most nervous

  1. easily agitated
    • examples: a nervous addict | a nervous thoroughbred
    • similar: tense
  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)

Alternative definition of the adjective nervous


  1. Easily agitated or alarmed. Being on edge or edgy.
  2. Apprehensive, anxious, hesitant, worried.
  3. Relating to or affecting the nerves.


  1. "Nervous" is a rockabilly/doo-wop song first recorded by Gene Summers and His Rebels in 1958 and later covered by Robert Gordon and Link Wray, among others. It was composed by Mary Tarver in 1957, published by Ted Music, BMI and issued on Jan/Jane Records. The "Nervous" recording session took place at Liberty Records Studios in Hollywood, California in June 1958 and featured Rene Hall and James McClung on guitar, Plas Johnson on saxophone, Earl Palmer on drums, and George "Red" Callendar on bass. The background vocal group was the Five Masks. The flipside of "Nervous" was "Gotta Lotta That".
  2. "NERVOUS" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  3. "Nervous" is a musical single of Fresh.
    • also known as Nervous / Matador
    • released on (9 years ago)
  4. "Nervous" is a composition.
  5. "Nervous" is a musical EP of SBTRKT & Jessie Ware.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  6. "Nervous" is a musical album of Big Jay McNeely.
  7. "Nervous" is a musical album of Siskiyou.
    • released on
  8. "Nervous" is a composition.
  9. "Nervous" is a musical EP of Flowers for Breakfast.
    • released in (21 years ago)
  10. "Nervous" is a musical EP of Carbon Carousel.
  11. "Nervous" is a musical EP of My Brilliant Beast.
    • released in (18 years ago)
  12. "Nervous" is a composition.
  13. "Nervous" is a composition.


Nervous is a breed temperament.

Phrases with Nervous

Phrases starting with the word Nervous:

  1. Nervous Hit
  2. Nervous Shark
  3. Nervous Nellie
  4. nervous strain
  5. nervous system
  6. nervous tissue
  7. Nervous-Nellie
  8. nervous impulse
  9. Nervous As a Cat
  10. nervous disorder
  11. nervous breakdown
  12. nervous exhaustion
  13. nervous prostration

Other phrases containing the word Nervous:

  1. central nervous system
  2. Enteric nervous system
  3. Somatic Nervous System
  4. autonomic nervous system
  5. peripheral nervous system
  6. Vegetative Nervous System
  7. sympathetic nervous system

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Nervous

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Google previewThe Primary Care Physician's Guide to Common Psychiatric and Neurologic Problems (2001)

Advice on Evaluation and Treatment from Johns Hopkins by Phillip R. Slavney, Orest Hurko

The word nervous means unnaturally or acutely uneasy or apprehensive. In many situations a sense of nervousness or anxiety is appropriate. Normal anxiety serves as an alerting signal of impending danger, ...

Google previewAlice's Adventures in the Real World (2016)

How to Get a Job... and Keep It by Robin M. Mayer, John Tenniel

Being nervous means you care, and that generates energy. All performers get nervous. (If not, they're boring.) Professionals learn to transform nerves into a great performance, and you will as well. Take a deep breath or two, and focus on the ...

Google previewDictionary of Biological Psychology (2003)

by Philip Winn

nerve net see nervous system nerve nets see neural networks. nerve. ring. see nervous system. nervous. breakdown. Lay term applied to an episode of psychiatric disorder; commonly associated in the public eye with precipitation by STRESS.

Google previewA Dictionary of Dentistry (2010)

by Robert Ireland

nervous. system. A network of specialized cells and tissues which carry information in the form of impulses to and from all parts of the body to provide sensory input or bodily action. The brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Ayurvedic Massage (2012)

by Dr. John Douillard, DC, CAP

Unless the nervous system is disarmed—in other words, convinced that it is safe enough to open its protective gates—these samskaras and associated patterns of behavior will stay in place for lifetimes. Ayurvedic treatments like panchakarma ...

Google previewThe Philadelphia Medical Dictionary (1808)

Containing a Concise Explanation of All the Terms Used in Medicine, Surgery, Pharmacy, Botany, Natural History, Chymistry, and Materia Medica by John Redman Coxe

Wervosa febris, a nervous fever. JWervus, a sinew; a nerve; an organ of sensation. Heister has given the uses of the nerves in the following lines: Olfaciens, cernens, oculosque movems, patiensque, Gustans, abducens, audiensque ...

Google previewDesk Encyclopedia of General Virology (2010)

by Marc H.V. van Regenmortel, Brian W.J. Mahy

Phylogenetic analysis based on alignments of a variable region within the betanodavirus capsid protein sequence grouped the virus species into four genotypes: Tiger puffer nervous necrosis virus, Striped jack nervous necrosis virus, the type ...

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

NERVOUS - NEUTER courage, daring, effrontery, encourage, energy, fearlessness, fortitude, gall, gameness, grit, guts, hardihood, heart, moxie, pluck, presumption, spirit, spunk, stamina, strength, temerity, tendon, vigor RELATED TERMS ...

Google previewScience Encyclopedia

by BPI

Peripheral nervous system The peripheral nervous system consists of all the nerves in the body except the brain and the spinal cord. The system carries all the information between the brain and other parts of the body. This is further divided ...

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Quotes about Nervous

Venus told me the other day that champions don't get nervous in tight situations. That really helped me a lot. I decided I shouldn't get nervous and just do the best I can. (Serena Williams)
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Scrabble value of N1E1R1V4O1U1S1

The value of this 7-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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