Definitions

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  • n. The state or quality of being nervous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. State or quality of being nervous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being nervous.
  • n. Morbid psychical irritability; unsteadiness of nervous control; a state of despondency consequent on an affection of the nerves.

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

  • n. a sensitive or highly strung temperament
  • n. an uneasy psychological state
  • n. the anxious feeling you have when you have the jitters

Etymologies

From nervous +‎ -ness. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Because we know how well he's done and how well he'll do, his nervousness is amusing and disarming.

    American Everyman

  • It was not fear, but what I call nervousness, -- unreasoning, but irresistible; as when, for instance, one looking at the sun going down says, "I will count fifty before it disappears"; and as he goes on and it becomes doubtful whether he will reach the number, he gets strangely flurried, and his imagination pictures life and death and heaven and hell as the issues depending on the completion or non-completion of the fifty he is counting.

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  • Still, riding on the back of strong underlying fundamentals, India will retain its status as a favoured investment destination among emerging markets, notwithstanding short-term nervousness that roiled the Indian capital markets earlier this year.

    Private Equity Becomes Integral to India Inc.

  • "Our nervousness is gone now," said Juan Sanchez, whose son Jimmy is in the mine.

    Trapped Chilean Miners: Drill Finally Breaks Through To Mine

  • My nervousness is centred on what one particular person will think of it.

    jitters

  • Brown loves American ways, but this flag-wagging has its origins in nervousness about the West Lothian question.

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  • Germany's defensive frailties have sewn panic among observers, but the nervousness is soothed somewhat by an image of a marauding, opportunistic Ballack ruling the midfield.

    USATODAY.com - Ballack calms nerves in Germany

  • What we call nervousness is largely made up of abnormal emotional response, of persistent emotion, of the blocking of energy by emotion.

    The Nervous Housewife

  • "At a time when the oil market has had rallies for several weeks, it's probably a little bit of short-term nervousness of being caught on the wrong side," said Ric Spooner, chief markets analyst at CMC Markets, referring to a sell-off by traders after the Moody's downgrade.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • 'There is a short-term nervousness in the market, o

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