Definition of “nervous” - English Dictionary

“nervous” in British English

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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 around dogs.
I was very nervous about driving again after the accident.
He had/was of a nervous disposition.

More examples

  • Try to act confidently, even if you feel nervous.
  • I thought I would remain calm, but when I was confronted with/by the TV camera, I became very nervous.
  • There were a few nervous giggles from people in the audience.
  • The stock market's recent seesaw movements have made many investors nervous.
  • I was nervous on my first day at college, but I was reassured to see some friendly faces.

(Definition of “nervous” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“nervous” in American English

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us /ˈnɜr·vəs/

nervous adjective (WORRIED)

worried or slightly frightened:

I was nervous during my driving test.

nervous adjective (OF THE NERVES)

(Definition of “nervous” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)