nervy


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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.
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