nervous Nellie

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

Definition of nervous Nellie

plural

nervous Nellies

  1. :  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


First Known Use: 1926


NERVOUS NELLIE Defined for English Language Learners

nervous Nellie

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

Definition of nervous Nellie for English Language Learners

  • : a very fearful or nervous person



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