nervy

adjective \ ˈnər-vē \

Definition of nervy

nervier; nerviest
1 archaic :sinewy, strong
2 a :showing or expressive of calm courage :bold
b :marked by effrontery or presumption :brash

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.

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First Known Use of nervy

1598


NERVY Defined for English Language Learners

nervy

adjective

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

adjective \ ˈnər-vē \

Definition of nervy for Students

nervier; nerviest
1 :showing calm courage
  • The team won after a nervy performance.
2 :showing or acting with disrespectful boldness


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