[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, Informal. 1. a constantly nervous, worried, or timid person. noun phrase A timid or cautious person; a worrier: a nervous Nellie a bit like Jeanne Dixon [late 1930s+; perhaps fr Nervous Nellie, the nickname of Frank B Kellogg, secretary of state 1925–29, who negotiated the Kellogg-Briand differences] An unduly timid or anxious person, as […]
[nur-vuh s] /ˈnɜr vəs/ adjective 1. highly excitable; unnaturally or acutely uneasy or apprehensive: to become nervous under stress. 2. of or relating to the : nervous tension. 3. affecting the : nervous diseases. 4. suffering from, characterized by, or originating in disordered . 5. characterized by or attended with acute uneasiness or apprehension: a […]
noun, Anatomy, Zoology. 1. the system of nerves and nerve centers in an animal or human, including the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and ganglia. 2. a particular part of this system. noun 1. the sensory and control apparatus of all multicellular animals above the level of sponges, consisting of a network of nerve cells See […]
- Nervous wreck
noun a person suffering from emotional exhaustion due to stress An individual suffering from extreme agitation or worry, as in Pat was a nervous wreck until her mother arrived at the wedding. This expression is nearly always used hyperbolically. [ ; c. 1900 ] Also see: basket case