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nervy

adjective \ˈnər-vē\

: having or showing courage or confidence

—used to describe someone who says or does rude or shocking things that make other people angry or upset

: feeling unpleasantly nervous or excited : not calm

nerv·i·ernerv·i·est

Full Definition of NERVY

1
archaic :  sinewy, strong
2
a :  showing or expressive of calm courage :  bold
b :  marked by effrontery or presumption :  brash
3
nerv·i·ly \-və-lē\ adverb
nerv·i·ness \-vē-nəs\ noun
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Examples of NERVY

  1. a nervy performance in the play-offs
  2. a nervy film director who's not afraid to take risks
  3. The passengers were restless and nervy after the long flight.
  4. Too much coffee makes me nervy.

First Known Use of NERVY

1607
NERVY Defined for Kids

nervy

adjective \ˈnər-vē\
nerv·i·ernerv·i·est

Definition of NERVY for Kids

1
:  showing calm courage <The team won after a nervy performance.>
2
:  showing or acting with disrespectful boldness

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