Synonyms of nervous in English:


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1‘a thin, nervous woman who always wore black’


highly strung, easily frightened, easily agitated, anxious, edgy, tense, excitable, jumpy, skittish, brittle, neurotic, hysterical

timid, timorous, mousy, shy, fearful, frightened, frightened of one's own shadow, apprehensive, scared

British nervy

informal trepidatious


calm, relaxed, easy-going

2‘the day Richard started teaching, he was so nervous he couldn't eat breakfast’


anxious, worried, apprehensive, on edge, edgy, tense, strained, stressed, agitated, in a state of nerves, in a state of agitation, uneasy, restless, worked up, keyed up, overwrought, wrought up, strung out, jumpy, on tenterhooks, with one's stomach in knots, fidgety, fearful, frightened, scared, with one's heart in one's mouth, like a cat on a hot tin roof, quaking, trembling, shaking, shaking in one's shoes, shaky, on pins and needles, in a cold sweat, fevered, febrile

informal with butterflies in one's stomach, jittery, twitchy, in a state, uptight, wired, in a stew, all of a dither, all of a doodah, in a sweat, in a flap, in a tizz, in a tizzy, all of a lather, het up, in a twitter

British informal strung up, stressy, windy, having kittens, like a cat on hot bricks

North American informal spooky, squirrelly, in a twit

NZ Australian informal toey

British vulgar slang shitting bricks, bricking oneself

dated overstrung


cool, calm, relaxed, laid-back

3‘a nervous disorder’


neurological, neural, neuro-