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nerv·y

 (nûr′vē)
adj. nerv·i·er, nerv·i·est
1. Arrogantly impudent; brazen.
2. Showing or requiring courage and fortitude; bold.
3. Chiefly British Jumpy; nervous.
4. Archaic Full of muscular force; sinewy.

nerv′i·ness n.

nervy

(ˈnɜːvɪ)
adj, nervier or nerviest
1. informal Brit tense or apprehensive
2. having or needing bravery or endurance
3. informal US and Canadian brash or cheeky
4. archaic muscular; sinewy
ˈnervily adv
ˈnerviness n

nerv•y

(ˈnɜr vi)

adj. nerv•i•er, nerv•i•est.
1. brashly presumptuous or insolent.
2. having or showing courage.
3. nervous; excitable.
4. strong; vigorous.
[1600–10]
nerv′i•ly, adv.
nerv′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.nervy - being in a tense statenervy - being in a tense state    
tense - in or of a state of physical or nervous tension
2.nervy - showing or requiring courage and contempt of danger; "the nervy feats of mountaineers"
bold - fearless and daring; "bold settlers on some foreign shore"; "a bold speech"; "a bold adventure"
3.nervy - offensively bold; "a brash newcomer disputed the age-old rules for admission to the club"; "a nervy thing to say"
forward - used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty; "a forward child badly in need of discipline"

nervy

adjective anxious, nervous, tense, agitated, wired (slang), restless, jittery (informal), on edge, excitable, jumpy, twitchy (informal), fidgety Sometimes dad was nice to us, but sometimes he was bad-tempered and nervy.

nervy

adjective
Translations
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nervy

[ˈnɜːvɪ] ADJ (nervier (compar) (nerviest (superl)))
1. (Brit) (= tense) → nervioso
2. (US) (= cheeky) → descarado, caradura

nervy

[ˈnɜːrvi] adj (mainly British) (= jumpy) He's very nervy → C'est un vrai paquet de nerfs

nervy

adj (+er)
(Brit: = tense) → nervös
(dated US inf: = cheeky) → frech, unverschämt

nervy

[ˈnɜːvɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (fam) (Brit) (tense) → teso/a, nervoso/a (Am) (cheeky) → sfacciato/a

nerve

(nəːv) noun
1. one of the cords which carry messages between all parts of the body and the brain.
2. courage. He must have needed a lot of nerve to do that; He lost his nerve.
3. rudeness. What a nerve!
verb
to force (oneself) to have enough courage (to do something). He nerved himself to climb the high tower.
nerves noun plural
the condition of being too easily excited or upset. She suffers from nerves.
ˈnervous adjective
1. of the nerves. the nervous system.
2. rather afraid. She was nervous about travelling by air; a nervous old lady.
ˈnervously adverb
ˈnervousness noun
ˈnervy adjective
excitable. The horse is rather nervy.
ˈnerviness noun
ˈnerve-racking adjective
causing great anxiety or nervousness. a nerve-racking experience.
nervous breakdown
a period of mental illness caused by a time of great strain.
nervous system
the brain, spinal cord and nerves of a person or animal.
get on someone's nerves
to irritate someone. Her behaviour really gets on my nerves.
References in classic literature ?
We were all reading his jaunty, nervy, knowing books, and some of us were questioning whether we ought not to set him above Thackeray and Dickens and George Eliot, 'tulli quanti', so great was the effect that Charles Reade had with our generation.
Furthermore, he was accounted a nervy man, a square man, and a white man.
There'll be at least two more like you, who'll have to be nervy and know how to fall.
Everyone is going to be nervy down at the bottom, yes we're in a run of form, too many draws, but you'd rather go into the games knowing we'd got confidence than if we'd been losing week in, week out.
Liam Dickinson's late goal set up a nervy finish, but Lincoln held out to secure the three points.
The Serbs struggled to supply a knockout punch in the second half and had to suffer some nervy moments before Vukic wrapped up the win with two minutes to go,taking advantage of a mistake by Andrius Skerla to shoot past keeper Zydrunas Karcemarskas
France capitalised on a nervy start by England to race into a 14-0 lead with tries by Julien Malzieu and Jerome Naves, only for Ugo Monye and Phil Dowson tries to cut the deficit.
It was kind of nervy to suggest to his new landlord an opening for his big show, Julian admitted, but he figured any man who would stop by unannounced like that to welcome him to the complex had to have his heart in the right place.
The first half was a nervy affair with neither keeper being tested to the limit.
Jackett's return to Vicarage Road, where he spent 20 years as player, coach and manager, will be a nervy affair against a Watford side who have dropped 11 points out of 12 at home this season.
Money, meanwhile, believes Walsall have the necessary mental fortitude to survive what is bound to be a nervy time as they aim to clinch promotion, starting at struggling Torquay on Saturday.
And after a nervy first half, Steed Malbranque converted a fierce cross-shot after 51 minutes.