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nervous Nellie

noun, Informal.
1.
a constantly nervous, worried, or timid person.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30
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nervous Nellie

noun phrase

A timid or cautious person; a worrier: a nervous Nellie a bit like Jeanne Dixon

[late 1930s+; perhaps fr Nervous Nellie, the nickname of Frank B Kellogg, secretary of state 1925–29, who negotiated the Kellogg-Briand differences]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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nervous Nellie

An unduly timid or anxious person, as in He's a real nervous Nellie, calling the doctor about every little symptom. This term does not allude to a particular person named Nellie; rather, the name was probably chosen for the sake of alliteration. [ ; c. 1920 ]
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