nail-biter

or nail bit·er

[ neyl-bahy-ter ]
/ ˈneɪlˌbaɪ tər /

noun

a person who bites his or her nails, especially habitually.
a situation marked by anxiety or tension.

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Origin of nail-biter

1970–75

OTHER WORDS FROM nail-biter

nail-biting, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for nail-biter

nailbiter
/ (ˈneɪlˌbaɪtə) /

noun

a person who bites his or her nails
a person who is anxious or tense
something that causes anxiety or tension
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