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nervous

[ nur-vuhs ]SEE DEFINITION OF nervous

Synonyms for nervous

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Antonyms for nervous

  • bold
  • brave
  • calm
  • certain
  • collected
  • composed
  • confident
  • cool
  • easy-going
  • extroverted
  • fearless
  • firm
  • happy
  • laid-back
  • sufficient
  • sure
  • unafraid
  • uncaring
  • unwavering
  • unworried
  • unnervous
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Hipparete blushed, and with a quick and nervous motion touched her cithara.

It made her interlace her fingers with nervous anxiety, but it set a fire in her eyes.

Don't let them see you get nervous when they turn out of the coaches.

And the sight of his white face and his nervous right hand was too much for them.

The girl's answer was uttered with nervous eagerness which revealed her own stress of fear.

She looked at him with a nervous repugnance to his appearance, which she tried to subdue.

He rattled the snaffle in his mouth with nervous indecision—he had a notion to try it.

To be possessed of calm where all was nervous strain was something.

Chip's nervous system did not demand the relief of cachinnation.

Her eyes were hateful and her hands were nervous as she reviewed the past week.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR NERVOUS

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