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"nervous" in British English

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nervousadjective

uk   /ˈnɜː.vəs/  us   /ˈnɝː.vəs/
  • nervous adjective (WORRIED)

B1 worried and anxious: Do you feel/get nervous during ​exams? I was too nervous to ​speak. She's always been nervous arounddogs. I was very nervous aboutdriving again after the ​accident. He had/was of a nervous disposition.

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  • nervous adjective (BODY)

relating to the ​nerves: He ​suffers from a nervous disorder.
(Definition of nervous from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"nervous" in American English

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nervousadjective

 us   /ˈnɜr·vəs/
  • nervous adjective (WORRIED)

worried or ​slightlyfrightened: I was nervous during my ​drivingtest.
  • nervous adjective (OF THE NERVES)

[not gradable] relating to or ​controlled by the ​nerves in the ​body
(Definition of nervous from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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