What are nervous?

  • (adj): Easily agitated.
    Example: "Quick nervous movements"
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "nervous":

  • (adj): Causing or fraught with or showing anxiety.
    Example: "Those nervous moments before takeoff"
    Synonyms: anxious, uneasy, unquiet
  • (adj): Of or relating to the nervous system.
    Example: "Nervous disease"
    Synonyms: neural
  • (adj): Excited in anticipation.
    Synonyms: aflutter
  • (adj): Unpredictably excitable (especially of horses).
    Synonyms: skittish, spooky

Famous quotes containing the word nervous:

    The knocking out of a pipe can be made almost as important as the smoking of it, especially if there are nervous people in the room. A good, smart knock of a pipe against a tin wastebasket and you will have a neurasthenic out of his chair and into the window sash in no time.
    Robert Benchley (1889–1945)

    A two-week-old infant cries an average of one and a half hours every day. This increases to approximately three hours per day when the child is about six weeks old. By the time children are twelve weeks old, their daily crying has decreased dramatically and averages less than one hour. This same basic pattern of crying is present among children from a wide range of cultures throughout the world. It appears to be wired into the nervous system of our species.
    Lawrence Kutner (20th century)

    TRUE!—nervous—very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849)