Simple Definition of nervous Nellie
: a very fearful or nervous person
Full Definition of nervous Nellieplural
: a timid or worrisome person
Examples of nervous nellie in a sentence
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
nervous Nellyplay \-ˈne-lē\
Origin and Etymology of nervous nellie
from the name Nellie
First Known Use: 1926
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