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.
- nerv·i·ly, adverb
- nerv·i·ness, noun
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How to use nervy in a sentence
nervy as men are made, MacRae worshiped at the shrine of an even break, a square deal for friend or foe.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
He must be getting nervy, he thought, and continued his inspection of the wallet.The Daffodil Mystery | Edgar Wallace
The magistrate of Esifeni was not a timid man, but the monotony of life at his remote post rather tended to make him “nervy.”Forging the Blades | Bertram Mitford
He was one of the gregarious sort, a loud talker, nervy really, very familiar with all the passengers.Sea and Sardinia | D. H. Lawrence
Oh, ho, I see you are not as nervy as I thought, there was a mischievous glint in his merry black eyes.Blue Robin, the Girl Pioneer | Rena I. Halsey
British Dictionary definitions for nervy
British informal tense or apprehensive
having or needing bravery or endurance
US and Canadian informal brash or cheeky
archaic muscular; sinewy
- nervily, adverb
- nerviness, noun
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