from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Affected by a tremor, or by a nervous disease; weakened; overcome by some violent influence or sensation; shocked.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the nervous system weakened or enfeebled.


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  • In search of refuge for what the great naturalist John Muir called America's "tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people," you could do about as well on the interstate.

    On The Brink

  • In an hour, having concocted some stew and baked his damper, the single-handed nerve-shaken, old sailor set sail, and I knew him no more.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • In shallow water, too, fish are chased until they become so exhausted and nerve-shaken that they partially bury themselves in the sand, or endeavour to elude observation by concealing themselves beneath stone or coral, or by remaining passive among seaweed, trusting, no doubt, to protective tints and assimilation with their surroundings.

    Tropic Days

  • Hildreth was quite nerve-shaken, and so was Darrie.

    Tramping on Life

  • Similarly, when our men come in from the morning watch nerve-shaken and chilled to the bone, as they often are, and they must get asleep in five minutes, it is necessary that they should receive a shot of medicine which happens to be called rum.

    Facing the Facts of the Present Situation

  • This aerial electricity must have wonderful curative properties for certain disorders, and I wonder that physicians do not more often advise for nerve-shaken, over-civilised people a sojourn in these regions.

    Janey Canuck in the West

  • A wiry, slight man though a real "shellback," one who had been steeped in and saturated with every sea, was "giving the sea best," nerve-shaken, so he said -- and yet sailing a cutter with but 3 or 4 inches of free board "single-handed."

    Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • Italian sculpture-galleries, living in the sunny, ardent past; he came back nerve-shaken and low in health.

    Our Friend the Charlatan

  • I reminded him of the roughness of the way, his nerve-shaken condition, and assured him I would not be gone long.

    Travels in Alaska

  • It was long after dark when we reached our adventurous, but nerve-shaken companion who, of course, was anxious and lonely, not being accustomed to solitude, however kindly and flowery and full of sweet bird-song and stream-song.

    The Yosemite


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