[nur-vuh s] /ˈnɜr vəs/
highly excitable; unnaturally or acutely uneasy or apprehensive:
to become nervous under stress.
of or relating to the :
affecting the :
suffering from, characterized by, or originating in disordered .
characterized by or attended with acute uneasiness or apprehension:
a nervous moment for us all.
having or containing .
sinewy or strong.
Archaic. vigorous or spirited.
very excitable or sensitive; highly strung
(often foll by of) apprehensive or worried: I’m nervous of traffic
of, relating to, or containing nerves; neural: nervous tissue
affecting the nerves or nervous tissue: a nervous disease
(archaic) active, vigorous, or forceful
c.1400, “affecting the sinews,” from Latin nervosus “sinewy, vigorous,” from nervus “sinew, nerve” (see nerve). Meaning “of or belonging to the nerves” in the modern sense is from 1660s. Meaning “suffering disorder of the nervous system” is from 1734; illogical sense “restless, agitated, lacking nerve” is 1740. Widespread popular use as a euphemism for mental forced the medical community to coin neurological to replace it in the older sense. Nervous wreck first attested 1862. Related: Nervously; nervousness.
nervous nerv·ous (nûr’vəs)
noun 1. (not in technical use) any disabling mental disorder requiring treatment. noun 1. any mental illness not primarily of organic origin in which the patient ceases to function properly, often accompanied by severely impaired concentration, anxiety, insomnia, and lack of self-esteem; used esp of episodes of depression nervous breakdown n. A severe or incapacitating […]
- Nervous bladder
nervous bladder n. A urinary bladder condition in which there is a need to urinate frequently but failure to empty the bladder completely.
noun 1. extreme mental and physical fatigue caused by excessive emotional stress; neurasthenia.
- Nervous indigestion
nervous indigestion n. Indigestion caused by stress or by an emotion such as anxiety.