pronunciation: / ˈnɜr vəs /

part of speech: adjective

definition 1: of or having to do with the nerves.

  • We studied the central nervous system in science class.

definition 2: having a very anxious or fearful nature.

  • Kathy fidgets and bites her nails because she’s a nervous person.

synonyms: agitated, anxious, emotional, high-strung

antonyms: calm

definition 3: being fearful or anxious in a specific situation.

  • That big dog is making me nervous.

synonyms: afraid, fearful, scared

antonyms: cool

derivations: nervously (adj.), nervousness (n.)