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nervy

[nur-vee] /ˈnɜr vi/
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
1600-1610
1600-10; nerve + -y1
Related forms
nervily, adverb
nerviness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for nervy

nervy

/ˈnɜːvɪ/
adjective nervier, nerviest
1.
(Brit, informal) tense or apprehensive
2.
having or needing bravery or endurance
3.
(US & Canadian, informal) brash or cheeky
4.
(archaic) muscular; sinewy
Derived Forms
nervily, adverb
nerviness, noun
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Word Origin and History for nervy
adj.

"full of courage," 1870, from nerve + -y (2). Sense of "excitable" is from 1891.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for nervy

nervy

adjective
  1. Nervous; jumpy (1891+)
  2. Impudent; bold (1896+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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