nervousness

Nervousness is a quality of feeling anxious, worried, or alarmed. Your nervousness about flying in an airplane for the first time shouldn't keep you from fulfilling your dream of traveling to Iceland!

Nervousness takes many forms. What's thrilling to one person —skydiving, public speaking, hosting a party — makes others feel nervous down to their bones. Your dog's nervousness around loud city traffic might finally convince you to move to the country, while your brother might end up outgrowing his nervousness around animals and wind up becoming a vet someday. Nervousness can involve sweating and trembling, or it can be invisible to observers.

Definitions of nervousness
  1. noun
    the anxious feeling you have when you have the jitters
    synonyms: jitteriness, jumpiness, restiveness
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    type of:
    anxiety
    a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune
  2. noun
    an uneasy psychological state
    synonyms: nerves
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    types:
    heebie-jeebies, jitters, screaming meemies
    extreme nervousness
    mental strain, nervous strain, strain
    (psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress
    stress, tenseness, tension
    (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense
    type of:
    mental condition, mental state, psychological condition, psychological state
    (psychology) a mental condition in which the qualities of a state are relatively constant even though the state itself may be dynamic
  3. noun
    a sensitive or highly strung temperament
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    types:
    queasiness, restlessness, uneasiness
    inability to rest or relax or be still
    restiveness, skittishness
    characterized by nervousness and quickness to take fright
    jactation, jactitation
    (pathology) extremely restless tossing and twitching usually by a person with a severe illness
    type of:
    disposition, temperament
    your usual mood
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