- brashly presumptuous or insolent; pushy: a nervy thing to say; a nervy trick to pull.
- having or showing courage; brave or bold: the nervy feats of the mountaineers.
- strong; sinewy; vigorous: a hard, nervy physique.
- Chiefly British. straining one's patience or forbearance; trying.
- nervous; excitable; on edge.
Origin of nervy
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Examples from the Web for nervy
"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
And you know he's some nervy sport, Mr. Robert—all except when it's a matter of skirts.Torchy, Private Sec.
“A fellow has to be without nerve and yet 169 nervy,” explained Larry.Penny of Top Hill Trail
Belle Kanaris Maniates
- British informal tense or apprehensive
- having or needing bravery or endurance
- US and Canadian informal brash or cheeky
- archaic muscular; sinewy
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Word Origin and History for nervy
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