Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a nervous manner.

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

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

  • adverb with nervous excitement
  • adverb in an anxiously nervous manner

Etymologies

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nervous +‎ -ly

Examples

  • 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 XXIX

  • 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

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

    mah life « 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

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

    Circles of Stone

  • 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

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