Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a nervous manner; with nervosity; in a way that displays nervousness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a nervous manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a nervous manner
  • With weakness or agitation of the nerves; with restless agitation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. with nervous excitement
  • adv. in an anxiously nervous manner

Etymologies

nervous +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • His eyes shift nervously from the stacks of money to the notebook and back to the telephone as he sucks on his cigarette, waiting for someone to pick up.

    New inspiration for an old story

  • Last annoyance: kevin nervously and unconsciously jingling the cat toy with the bell when there was no at in the room.

    2003 September « Magic Lantern Arts

  • The turbulent markets, together with fears about Y2K, created endless months of uncertainty forcing some investors to watch nervously from the sidelines.

    Annual Financial Forum

  • She called nervously to Zena and began to investigate a smaller opening at the other end of the rock pile.

    Circles of Stone

  • When he had gone she called nervously for her maid.

    The Branding Iron

  • In the big spotted cats he recognized the hereditary enemy, and, even before he was thrust into the cage, his neck was all a-prickle as the skin nervously tightened and the hair uprose stiff-ended.

    Chapter 29

  • To make the comparison at all was, for Maggie, to return to it often, to brood upon it, to extract from it the last dregs of its interest -- to play with it, in short, nervously, vaguely, incessantly, as she might have played with a medallion containing on either side a cherished little portrait and suspended round her neck by a gold chain of a firm fineness that no effort would ever snap.

    The Golden Bowl — Volume 2

  • The near approach of this long voyage, and the prospect of unknown trials and hardships to be endured for I know not how long, overwhelmed me at the last moment; and the remembrance of dear friends left behind, whom I never more might return to see, made me shrink most nervously from the new life on which I was to embark.

    Journal Kept During The Russian War: From The Departure Of The Army From England In April 1854, To The Fall Of Sebastopol

  • I mean, I haven’t changed much: the act of shopping for books, browsing real shelves for a find, then splurging nervously, is deeply satisfying.

    Marianne Moore and Revolution : Ange Mlinko : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

  • Czisman had never drunk from the mug of water Cage had placed in front of him but he did clutch it nervously, which is what everyone did when they sat in FBI interrogation rooms.

    THE DEVIL’S TEARDROP

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