Translation of "nerve" - English-Spanish dictionary


noun uk /nɜːv/ us /nɜrv/

one of the long, thin parts in your body that carry messages between your brain and other parts of the body

nerves [ plural ]

the state of being nervous

I always suffer from nerves before a game.
I took a deep breath to calm my nerves.

[ no plural ] the courage to do something that you know someone will not like

desfachatez, atrevimiento
I can’t believe she had the nerve to talk to me after what happened!
get on someone’s nerves

to annoy someone

poner los nervios de punta a alguien
If we spend too much time together, we get on each other’s nerves.
steady/strong nerves

the ability to be calm in difficult situations

You need steady nerves for this job.

(Translation of “nerve” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


noun /nəːv/

(anatomy) one of the cords which carry messages between all parts of the body and the brain

the optic nerve.


He must have needed a lot of nerve to do that
He lost his nerve.


What a nerve!
nerves noun plural

the condition of being too easily excited or upset

She suffers from nerves.
nervous adjective

of the nerves

the nervous system.

rather afraid

She was nervous about travelling by air
a nervous old lady.
nervously adverb

nerviosamente, con inquietud
He waited nervously outside the boss’s office.
nervousness noun

He tried not to show any signs of nervousness during the interview.
nervy adjective


The horse is rather nervy.
nerviness noun

nerve-racking adjective

causing great anxiety or nervousness

desesperante, agotador
a nerve-racking experience.
nervous breakdown noun

(medical) a period of mental illness caused by a time of great strain

crisis nerviosa
He suffered a nervous breakdown.
nervous system noun

(anatomy) the brain, spinal cord, and nerves of a person or animal.

sistema nervioso
get on someone’s nerves

to irritate someone

crispar los nervios a alguien
Her behaviour really gets on my nerves.

(Translation of “nerve” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)