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nervous Nellie

noun nervous Nel·lie \-ˈne-lē\

Simple Definition of nervous Nellie

  • : a very fearful or nervous person

Full Definition of nervous Nellie

plural nervous Nellies

  1. :  a timid or worrisome person

Examples of nervous nellie

  1. My sister is a real nervous Nellie when it comes to flying.

  2. <many new parents are nervous Nellies when it comes to the health of their babies>



Variants of nervous nellie

or nervous Nel·ly play \-ˈne-lē\

Origin of nervous nellie

from the name Nellie


First Known Use: 1926


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