An example of nervous is a teenager who is about to live away from home at college for the first time.
- Obs. strong; sinewy
- vigorous in expression; animated
- of the nerves
- made up of or containing nerves
- characterized by or having a disordered state of the nerves
- characterized by or showing emotional tension, restlessness, agitation, etc.
- fearful; apprehensive
Origin of nervousMiddle English neruous ; from Classical Latin nervosus
- a. Of or relating to the nerves or nervous system: nervous tissue.b. Stemming from or affecting the nerves or nervous system: a nervous disorder.
- Easily agitated or distressed; high-strung or jumpy.
- Marked by or having a feeling of unease or apprehension: nervous moments before takeoff.
- Vigorous in style or feeling; spirited: “the nervous thrust of a modern creation” (Henry A. Kissinger).
- Archaic Strong; sinewy.
Origin of nervousMiddle English, sinewy, containing nerves, from Latin nerv&omacron;sus, sinewy, from nervus, sinew; see nerve.
(comparative more nervous, superlative most nervous)
From Latin nervÅsus