[syn: skittish, flighty, spooky, nervous]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Nervous \Nerv"ous\ (n[~e]rv"[u^]s), a. [L. nervosus sinewy,
vigorous: cf. F. nerveux. See Nerve.]
1. Possessing nerve; sinewy; strong; vigorous. "Nervous
2. Possessing or manifesting vigor of mind; characterized by
strength in sentiment or style; forcible; spirited; as, a
3. Of or pertaining to the nerves; seated in the nerves; as,
nervous excitement; a nervous fever.
4. Having the nerves weak, diseased, or easily excited;
subject to, or suffering from, undue excitement of the
nerves; easily agitated or annoyed.
Poor, weak, nervous creatures. --Cheyne.
5. Sensitive; excitable; timid.
6. Apprehensive; as, a child nervous about his mother's
reaction to his bad report card.
Our aristocratic class does not firmly protest
against the unfair treatment of Irish Catholics,
because it is nervous about the land. --M. Arnold.
Nervous fever (Med.), a low form of fever characterized by
great disturbance of the nervous system, as evinced by
delirium, or stupor, disordered sensibility, etc.
Nervous system (Anat.), the specialized coordinating
apparatus which endows animals with sensation and
volition. In vertebrates it is often divided into three
systems: the central, brain and spinal cord; the
peripheral, cranial and spinal nerves; and the
sympathetic. See Brain, Nerve, Spinal cord, under
Spinal, and Sympathetic system, under Sympathetic,
and Illust. in Appendix.
Nervous temperament, a condition of body characterized by a
general predominance of mental manifestations. --Mayne.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: easily agitated; "a nervous addict"; "a nervous
2: causing or fraught with or showing anxiety; "spent an anxious
night waiting for the test results"; "cast anxious glances
behind her"; "those nervous moments before takeoff"; "an
unquiet mind" [syn: anxious, nervous, queasy, uneasy,
3: of or relating to the nervous system; "nervous disease";
"neural disorder" [syn: nervous, neural]
4: excited in anticipation [syn: aflutter, nervous]
5: unpredictably excitable (especially of horses) [syn:
skittish, flighty, spooky, nervous]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
168 Moby Thesaurus words for "nervous":
acid, agitable, agitated, all nerves, all-overish, allergic,
anaphylactic, anxious, anxioused up, apprehensive, bashful, biting,
bothered, concerned, corrosive, cowardly, critical, cutting,
delicate, difficult, diffident, discomposed, disquieted,
distressed, disturbed, driving, edgy, effective, emotional,
emotionally unstable, empathetic, empathic, eruptive, excitable,
excited, explosive, fearful, fearing, fearsome, feverish, fidgety,
flurried, flustered, forceful, forcible, foreboding, fretful,
frightened, goosey, goosy, gutsy, high-mettled, high-spirited,
high-strung, highly emotional, hyperesthetic, hyperpathic,
hypersensitive, imperative, impressive, in a dither, in a pucker,
in a stew, in a sweat, in a tizzy, in fear, incisive, inflammable,
irascible, irritable, itchy, jittery, jumpy, mettlesome, misgiving,
mordant, mousy, nerval, nerves on edge, nervy, neural,
neurological, on edge, on tenterhooks, overanxious,
overapprehensive, overrefined, oversensible, oversensitive,
overstrung, overtender, panicky, passible, penetrating,
perturbable, perturbed, piercing, poignant, powerful, prickly,
punchy, querulous, rabbity, refined, responsive, restless, ruffled,
scared, scary, sensational, sensitive, shaken, shaken up, shaky,
shivery, shrinking, shy, sinewed, sinewy, skittery, skittish,
slashing, snappish, solicitous, spooky, startlish, stirred up,
strained, striking, strong, strung out, supersensitive,
suspenseful, sympathetic, tactful, telling, tender, tense, tetchy,
thin-skinned, ticklish, timid, timorous, touchy, trembling,
tremulous, trenchant, trepidant, trigger-happy, troubled,
troublous, turbulent, twittery, uneasy, unpeaceful, unquiet,
unrestful, upset, uptight, vigorous, vital, volatile, volcanic,
waspish, worked up, worried, wrought up, zealous