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Definition of "nervy" []

  • Arrogantly impudent; brazen. (adjective)
  • Showing or requiring courage and fortitude; bold. (adjective)
  • Chiefly British Jumpy; nervous. (adjective)
  • Archaic Full of muscular force; sinewy. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "nervy" in a sentence
  • "Say, boss, "-- and Sundown leaned toward Corliss confidentially and lowered his voice, --" I ain't what you'd call a nervy man, but say, I got somethin 'jest as good."
  • "With some legitimacy you could call the nervy Texans in ..."
  • "What Ronnie is sure about is that he's not going to spend this glorious September Saturday afternoon on a trip to "nervy" Aunt Edna's house."