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nervous

adjective uk   /ˈnɜː.vəs/ us    /ˈnɝː-/

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 around dogs. I was very nervous about driving 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.
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