Synonyms of nerve in English:

nerve


See definition of nerve

noun

1‘the nerves that transmit pain and physical feeling’

SYNONYMS

nerve fibre

technical axon

2‘the match will be a test of nerve, strength, and skill’

SYNONYMS

self-confidence, confidence, assurance, self-assurance, coolness, cool-headedness, self-possession

courage, bravery, pluck, pluckiness, boldness, courageousness, braveness, intrepidity, intrepidness, fearlessness, valour, daring, dauntlessness, doughtiness, gameness

determination, strength of character, firmness of purpose, will power, spirit, backbone, fortitude, mettle, heart, endurance, tenacity, resolution, resoluteness, stout-heartedness, steadfastness, staunchness, hardihood

informal grit, guts, spunk, gumption, gutsiness

British informal bottle, ballsiness

North American informal moxie, cojones, sand

vulgar slang balls

ANTONYMS

timidity, faint-heartedness

3‘he had the nerve to try and pick up the casting director at his first audition’

SYNONYMS

audacity, cheek, barefaced cheek, effrontery, gall, temerity, presumption, presumptuousness, boldness, brazenness, impudence, impertinence, insolence, pertness, forwardness, front, arrogance, cockiness

informal face, neck, brass neck, brass, sauce

North American informal chutzpah

informal, dated hide

British informal, dated crust

rare procacity, assumption

ANTONYMS

shyness, bashfulness, politeness

4nerves‘an attack of pre-wedding nerves’

SYNONYMS

anxiety, tension, nervousness, nervous tension, strain, tenseness, stress, worry, cold feet

apprehensiveness, apprehension, jumpiness, fright

informal butterflies, butterflies in one's stomach, collywobbles, the jitters, the willies, the heebie-jeebies, the shakes, the jumps, jim-jams, the yips

British informal the abdabs, the habdabs, the screaming abdabs, the screaming habdabs

Australian rhyming slang Joe Blakes

ANTONYMS

calmness, nonchalance


Phrases

    get on someone's nerves

      SYNONYMS

      irritate, annoy, irk, anger, bother, vex, provoke, displease, upset, exasperate, infuriate, gall, get someone's back up, put someone's back up, put out, pique, rankle with, nettle, needle, ruffle someone's feathers, stroke someone's hair the wrong way, make someone's hackles rise, try someone's patience

      jar on, grate on

      British

      rub up the wrong way

      informal

      aggravate, get, get to, bug, miff, peeve, rile, get under someone's skin, get in someone's hair, get up someone's nose, hack off, get someone's goat

      British informal

      nark, get on someone's wick, give someone the hump, wind up, get across

      North American informal

      rankle, ride, gravel

      vulgar slang

      piss off

      British vulgar slang

      get on someone's tits

      rare

      exacerbate, hump, rasp