[ nur-vee ]
/ ˈnɜr vi /

adjective, nerv·i·er, nerv·i·est.

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

First recorded in 1600–10; nerve + -y1

Related forms

nerv·i·ly, adverbnerv·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nervy


/ (ˈnɜːvɪ) /

adjective nervier or nerviest

British informal tense or apprehensive
having or needing bravery or endurance
US and Canadian informal brash or cheeky
archaic muscular; sinewy

Derived Forms

nervily, adverbnerviness, noun
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