Synonyms of nerve in English:


See definition of nerve


1‘the nerves that transmit pain and physical feeling’

nerve fibre
technical axon

2‘the match will be a test of nerve, strength, and skill’

self-confidence, confidence, assurance, self-assurance, coolness, cool-headedness, self-possession
courage, bravery, pluck, pluckiness, boldness, courageousness, braveness, intrepidity, intrepidness, fearlessness, valour, daring, dauntlessness, doughtiness, gameness
determination, strength of character, firmness of purpose, will power, spirit, backbone, fortitude, mettle, heart, endurance, tenacity, resolution, resoluteness, stout-heartedness, steadfastness, staunchness, hardihood
informal grit, guts, spunk, gumption, gutsiness
British informal bottle, ballsiness
North American informal moxie, cojones, sand
vulgar slang balls

timidity, faint-heartedness

3‘he had the nerve to try and pick up the casting director at his first audition’

audacity, cheek, barefaced cheek, effrontery, gall, temerity, presumption, presumptuousness, boldness, brazenness, impudence, impertinence, insolence, pertness, forwardness, front, arrogance, cockiness
informal face, neck, brass neck, brass, sauce
North American informal chutzpah
informal, dated hide
British informal, dated crust
rare procacity, assumption

shyness, bashfulness, politeness

4nerves‘an attack of pre-wedding nerves’

anxiety, tension, nervousness, nervous tension, strain, tenseness, stress, worry, cold feet
apprehensiveness, apprehension, jumpiness, fright
informal butterflies, butterflies in one's stomach, collywobbles, the jitters, the willies, the heebie-jeebies, the shakes, the jumps, jim-jams, the yips
British informal the abdabs, the habdabs, the screaming abdabs, the screaming habdabs
Australian rhyming slang Joe Blakes

calmness, nonchalance


    get on someone's nerves


    irritate, annoy, irk, anger, bother, vex, provoke, displease, upset, exasperate, infuriate, gall, get someone's back up, put someone's back up, put out, pique, rankle with, nettle, needle, ruffle someone's feathers, stroke someone's hair the wrong way, make someone's hackles rise, try someone's patience

    jar on, grate on


    rub up the wrong way


    aggravate, get, get to, bug, miff, peeve, rile, get under someone's skin, get in someone's hair, get up someone's nose, hack off, get someone's goat

    British informal

    nark, get on someone's wick, give someone the hump, wind up, get across

    North American informal

    rankle, ride, gravel

    vulgar slang

    piss off

    British vulgar slang

    get on someone's tits


    exacerbate, hump, rasp