Simple Definition of nervous Nellie
: a very fearful or nervous person
Full Definition of nervous Nellie
plural nervous Nellies
: a timid or worrisome person
Examples of nervous nellie
My sister is a real nervous Nellie when it comes to flying.
<many new parents are nervous Nellies when it comes to the health of their babies>
Variants of nervous nellie
Origin of nervous nellie
from the name Nellie
First Known Use: 1926
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