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Scared vs. Nervous — What's the Difference?

Scared vs. Nervous — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Scared and Nervous

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Scared

To strike with sudden fear; alarm.
Jun 01, 2022

Nervous

Of or relating to the nerves or nervous system
Nervous tissue.
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Scared

To become frightened
A child who scares easily.
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Nervous

Stemming from or affecting the nerves or nervous system
A nervous disorder.
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Scared

A condition or sensation of sudden fear
That mask gave me a real scare.
Jun 01, 2022
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Nervous

Easily agitated or distressed; high-strung or jumpy.
Jun 01, 2022

Scared

A general state of alarm; a panic
A bomb scare that necessitated evacuating the building.
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Nervous

Marked by or having a feeling of unease or apprehension
Nervous moments before takeoff.
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Scared

Serving or intended to frighten people
Scare stories.
Scare tactics.
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Nervous

Vigorous in style or feeling; spirited
"the nervous thrust of a modern creation" (Henry A. Kissinger).
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Scared

Feeling fear; afraid, frightened.
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Nervous

(Archaic) Strong; sinewy.
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Scared

Simple past tense and past participle of scare
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Nervous

Of sinews and tendons.
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Scared

Made afraid;
The frightened child cowered in the corner
Too shocked and scared to move
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Nervous

(obsolete) Full of sinews.
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Nervous

(obsolete) Having strong or prominent sinews; sinewy, muscular.
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Nervous

(obsolete) Of a piece of writing, literary style etc.: forceful, powerful.
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Nervous

Of nerves.
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Nervous

Supplied with nerves; innervated.
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Nervous

Affecting or involving the nerves or nervous system.
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Nervous

Nervose.
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Nervous

Easily agitated or alarmed; edgy, on edge.
Being in a crowd of strangers makes me nervous.
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Nervous

Apprehensive, anxious, hesitant, worried.
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Nervous

Possessing nerve; sinewy; strong; vigorous.
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Nervous

Possessing or manifesting vigor of mind; characterized by strength in sentiment or style; forcible; spirited; as, a nervous writer.
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Nervous

Of or pertaining to the nerves; seated in the nerves; as, nervous excitement; a nervous fever.
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Nervous

Having the nerves weak, diseased, or easily excited; subject to, or suffering from, undue excitement of the nerves; easily agitated or annoyed.
Poor, weak, nervous creatures.
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Nervous

Sensitive; excitable; timid.
Jun 01, 2022

Nervous

Apprehensive; as, a child nervous about his mother's reaction to his bad report card.
Our aristocratic class does not firmly protest against the unfair treatment of Irish Catholics, because it is nervous about the land.
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Nervous

Easily agitated;
Quick nervous movements
Jun 01, 2022

Nervous

Causing or fraught with or showing anxiety;
Spent an anxious night waiting for the test results
Cast anxious glances behind her
Those nervous moments before takeoff
An unquiet mind
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Nervous

Of or relating to the nervous system;
Nervous disease
Neural disorder
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Nervous

Excited in anticipation
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Nervous

Unpredictably excitable (especially of horses)
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