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nervous Nellie

noun, nervous Nel·lie often capitalized 1st N \-ˈne-lē\

: a very fearful or nervous person

plural nervous Nellies

Full Definition of NERVOUS NELLIE

:  a timid or worrisome person

Variants of NERVOUS NELLIE

nervous Nel·lie or nervous Nel·ly \-ˈne-lē\

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>

Origin of NERVOUS NELLIE

from the name Nellie
First Known Use: 1926

Related to NERVOUS NELLIE

Synonyms
handwringer, worrier, worrywart, nervous wreck

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