[ US /ˈnɝvi/ ]
[ UK /nˈɜːvi/ ]
  1. offensively bold
    a brash newcomer disputed the age-old rules for admission to the club
    a nervy thing to say
  2. being in a tense state
  3. showing or requiring courage and contempt of danger
    the nervy feats of mountaineers
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How To Use nervy In A Sentence

  • His eyes have a certain amount of little-boy-lost about them and his slightly nervy, jumpy presence also helps him appear a lot younger than his 43 years.
  • I wasn't jangly or nervy, hit a good putt, just a misread. Times, Sunday Times
  • They were nervy sorts, fidgety, who watched your hands as you used the mobile or hunted in your bag for something but would never catch your eye.
  • Blue-chip stocks fell sharply yesterday, as nervy investors caught sight of more gloomy economic data on the US horizon.
  • He carried his bat for 102 from 153 deliveries and provided the backbone of an innings which featured a nervy patch during which three of the upper order were dismissed for ducks.
  • If another 10 minutes went by they might get a bit nervy. The Sun
  • I have gone from being very pressurised and tense and nervy to being more relaxed and far happier with how things are.
  • There were some nervy moments and the Spanish press were hardly effusive in their praise. Times, Sunday Times
  • We had some nervy moments in the last 10 minutes when we were down to 10 men. The Sun
  • Why is it doctor that I am always so nervy, tense and ready to jump on anybody.
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