Antonyms for nervous

Grammar : Adj
Spell : nur-vuhs
Phonetic Transcription : ˈnɜr vəs

Definition of nervous

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.
  • adj anxious, fearful
Example sentences :
  • Hipparete blushed, and with a quick and nervous motion touched her cithara.
  • Extract from : « Philothea » by Lydia Maria Child
  • It made her interlace her fingers with nervous anxiety, but it set a fire in her eyes.
  • Extract from : « Way of the Lawless » by Max Brand
  • Don't let them see you get nervous when they turn out of the coaches.
  • Extract from : « Way of the Lawless » by Max Brand
  • And the sight of his white face and his nervous right hand was too much for them.
  • Extract from : « Way of the Lawless » by Max Brand
  • The girl's answer was uttered with nervous eagerness which revealed her own stress of fear.
  • Extract from : « Within the Law » by Marvin Dana
  • She looked at him with a nervous repugnance to his appearance, which she tried to subdue.
  • Extract from : « The Bacillus of Beauty » by Harriet Stark
  • He rattled the snaffle in his mouth with nervous indecision—he had a notion to try it.
  • Extract from : « Thoroughbreds » by W. A. Fraser
  • To be possessed of calm where all was nervous strain was something.
  • Extract from : « Thoroughbreds » by W. A. Fraser
  • Chip's nervous system did not demand the relief of cachinnation.
  • Extract from : « Chip, of the Flying U » by B. M. Bower
  • Her eyes were hateful and her hands were nervous as she reviewed the past week.
  • Extract from : « Her Father's Daughter » by Gene Stratton-Porter

Synonyms for nervous

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