When pressed for why he couldn't, Richard nervously said "I just started here."
Peggy commits a grievous faux pas when she nervously eyes her purse—with a wad of cash inside—next to the sofa.
The police erected metal barricades outside the grounds, nervously holding back floods of Oprah gawkers.
Now Baronova sits in the coffee shop and nervously fiddles with an unlit cigarette.
I nervously said something about her shirt being off, and she laughed, and we switched the game to Tic Tac Toe.
"No, you must not," she said, coming back to the present nervously.
Then as the two became accustomed to the light, I saw what I had nervously expected.
He was handing her out with hands that trembled as nervously as her own.
Evelyn spoke quickly and nervously, and with quivering lips.
Seeing the expression on her face, Clodagh nervously anticipated her words.
c.1400, "affecting the sinews," from Latin nervosus "sinewy, vigorous," from nervus "sinew, nerve" (see nerve). Meaning "of or belonging to the nerves" in the modern sense is from 1660s. Meaning "suffering disorder of the nervous system" is from 1734; illogical sense "restless, agitated, lacking nerve" is 1740. Widespread popular use as a euphemism for mental forced the medical community to coin neurological to replace it in the older sense. Nervous wreck first attested 1862. Related: Nervously; nervousness.
nervous nerv·ous (nûr'vəs)
Of or relating to the nerves or nervous system.
Stemming from or affecting the nerves or nervous system, as a disease.
Easily agitated or distressed.