nervous Nellie

noun, often capitalized 1st N nervous Nel·lie \ -ˈne-lē \
variants: or nervous Nelly

Definition of nervous Nellie

plural nervous Nellies
: a timid or worrisome person

Examples of nervous nellie in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of nervous nellie

from the name Nellie

nervous nellie Synonyms

Synonyms
handwringer, worrier, worrywart, nervous wreck
Related Words
defeatist, fatalist, pessimist
Near Antonyms
optimist, Pollyanna

NERVOUS NELLIE Defined for English Language Learners

nervous Nellie

noun

Definition of nervous Nellie for English Language Learners

  • : a very fearful or nervous person



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