One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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
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
cool, calm, relaxed, laid-back
3‘a nervous disorder’
neurological, neural, neuro-
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