nervy

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adjective \ˈnər-vē\

Definition of nervy

nervier

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nerviest

  1. 1 archaic :  sinewy, strong

  2. 2a :  showing or expressive of calm courage :  boldb :  marked by effrontery or presumption :  brash

  3. 3 :  excitable, nervous

nervily

play \ˈnər-və-lē\ adverb

nerviness

play \ˈnər-vē-nəs\ noun

Examples of nervy in a sentence

  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.

1598

First Known Use of nervy

1598


NERVY Defined for English Language Learners

nervy

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adjective \ˈnər-vē\

Definition of nervy for English Language Learners

  • : 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


NERVY Defined for Kids

nervy

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adjective \ˈnər-vē\

Definition of nervy for Students

nervier

nerviest

  1. 1 :  showing calm courage <The team won after a nervy performance.>

  2. 2 :  showing or acting with disrespectful boldness



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