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nervy

[nur-vee] /ˈnɜr vi/
adjective, nervier, nerviest.
1.
brashly presumptuous or insolent; pushy:
a nervy thing to say; a nervy trick to pull.
2.
having or showing courage; brave or bold:
the nervy feats of the mountaineers.
3.
strong; sinewy; vigorous:
a hard, nervy physique.
4.
Chiefly British. straining one's patience or forbearance; trying.
5.
nervous; excitable; on edge.
Origin of nervy
1600-1610
First recorded in 1600-10; nerve + -y1
Related forms
nervily, adverb
nerviness, noun
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Examples from the Web for nervy
Historical Examples
  • "I'm nervy, that's what it is," he went on, still speaking aloud.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • I know ye're nervy, but thar ain't no good in bein' foolish.

    Frank Merriwell Down South Burt L. Standish
  • She asked questions that might have been considered impertinent, not to say nervy.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • And you know he's some nervy sport, Mr. Robert—all except when it's a matter of skirts.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • “A fellow has to be without nerve and yet 169 nervy,” explained Larry.

    Penny of Top Hill Trail Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • Musq'oosis had to admit they were a nervy pair, though small.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • More than one acquaintance had lately told him that he was looking "nervy."

    Uncanny Tales Various
  • It was as nervy a thing as I ever seen, and I never seen it outside of a circus.

    The Motor Boys Clarence Young
  • Weve needed a couple of nervy riders like you and your pardner.

  • Say, girls, did you ever hear of anything so nervy as Nita's going off like that?

    The Woodcraft Girls at Camp

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy
British Dictionary definitions for nervy

nervy

/ˈnɜːvɪ/
adjective nervier, nerviest
1.
(Brit, informal) tense or apprehensive
2.
having or needing bravery or endurance
3.
(US & Canadian, informal) brash or cheeky
4.
(archaic) muscular; sinewy
Derived Forms
nervily, adverb
nerviness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for nervy
adj.

"full of courage," 1870, from nerve + -y (2). Sense of "excitable" is from 1891.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for nervy

nervy

adjective

  1. Nervous; jumpy (1891+)
  2. Impudent; bold (1896+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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