nervous Nellie

noun, often capitalized 1st N
nervous Nel·​lie | \ -ˈne-lē How to pronounce nervous Nellie (audio) \
variants: or nervous Nelly
plural nervous Nellies

Definition of nervous Nellie

: a timid or worrisome person

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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

First Known Use of nervous Nellie

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nervous Nellie

from the name Nellie

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The first known use of nervous Nellie was in 1926

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Cite this Entry

“Nervous Nellie.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nervous Nellie

US, informal : a very fearful or nervous person

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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