nerviness

nervy

[nur-vee]
adjective, nervier, nerviest.
1.
brashly presumptuous or insolent; pushy: a nervy thing to say; a nervy trick to pull.
2.
having or showing courage; brave or bold: the nervy feats of the mountaineers.
3.
strong; sinewy; vigorous: a hard, nervy physique.
4.
Chiefly British. straining one's patience or forbearance; trying.
5.
nervous; excitable; on edge.

Origin:
1600–10; nerve + -y1

nervily, adverb
nerviness, noun
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nervy (ˈnɜːvɪ)
 
adj , nervier, nerviest
1.  informal (Brit) tense or apprehensive
2.  having or needing bravery or endurance
3.  informal (US), (Canadian) brash or cheeky
4.  archaic muscular; sinewy
 
'nervily
 
adv
 
'nerviness
 
n

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