Synonyms of tense in English:

tense


See definition of tense

adjective

1‘the tense muscles of his neck’

SYNONYMS

taut, stretched tight, tight, rigid, stretched, strained, stiff

ANTONYMS

slack, loose

2‘by five o'clock, Loretta was feeling tense and irritable’

SYNONYMS

anxious, nervous, on edge, edgy, strained, stressed, under a strain, under pressure, agitated, ill at ease, unrelaxed, in a state of nerves, in a state of agitation, fretful, uneasy, restless, worked up, keyed up, overwrought, highly strung, wrought up, strung out, jumpy, on tenterhooks, on pins and needles, with one's stomach in knots, fidgety, worried, apprehensive, upset, disturbed, panicky

British nervy

informal with butterflies in one's stomach, a bundle of nerves, jittery, twitchy, in a state, uptight, wired, het up, stressed out, white-knuckled

British informal strung up, stressy, windy

North American informal spooky, squirrelly

NZ Australian informal toey

dated overstrung

ANTONYMS

calm, cool, relaxed

3‘it was a tense moment for everyone’

SYNONYMS

nerve-racking, stressful, anxious, worrying, concerning, fraught, charged, strained, nail-biting, worrisome, difficult, uneasy, uncomfortable

exciting, cliffhanging, knife-edge, dramatic, volatile, explosive

informal hairy, anxious-making, white-knuckle

ANTONYMS

relaxing


verb

1‘Hebden tensed his cheek muscles’

SYNONYMS

tighten, tauten, tense up, flex, contract, brace, stiffen

screw up, knot, strain, stretch

North American squinch up

ANTONYMS

relax