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adjective American English pronunciation: nervous /ˈnɜrvəs/
 
  1. 1
    feeling excited and worried, or slightly afraid

    Driving on icy mountain roads makes me nervous.

    get nervous:

    I got very nervous waiting for my turn to be called.

    nervous about:

    She was nervous about walking home so late.

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nervously

adverb

He shifted in his chair nervously.

nervousness

noun [uncountable]
 

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