nervy


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.
Related to nervy: easy mark, unconquerable

nervy

1. Very anxious, easily distressed, or high-strung. I heard a gunshot in our neighborhood last night, and I've been horribly nervy ever since. The new intern is this nervy little mouse of a boy who leaps out of his chair if you so much as cough too loudly near him.
2. Daring or fearless; courageous. You've got to be pretty nervy to jump out of a plane and trust a little backpack to save your life. I've got to hand it to you, kid—that was a nervy move.

nervy

1. mod. nervous. Mary is so nervy. Anything will set her off.
2. mod. daring; courageous. Don’t get nervy with me!
References in periodicals archive ?
That augurs well for what is going to be a nervy end to the season.
HAMILTON survived a nervy start to emerge with a deserved victory.
The highly stylized performances take a couple of minutes to adjust to, but they're uniformly nervy and intense.
First there's the nervy Helena (Gemma Jones) who consults a fortune teller when she's abandoned by her husband (Anthony Hopkins), who takes up with a younger woman (Lucy Punch).
The Solihull school's Year 9 team were leading 12-0 with five minutes to go but two late tries from opponents Northampton School mean a very nervy finale to the game at the home of Northampton Saints.
And though Studley netted late on to give Racing a nervy closing few minutes, the visitors held on.
Ben Strevens and Giuliano Grazioli put the Conference leaders two up after half an hour, but Jake Robinson replied for the away side on the hour, setting up a nervy finish for 10-man Barnet after Dean Sinclair was sent off.
A NERVY Argentina played out a goalless draw with FC Tokyo in their final warm-up game ahead of their opener against Nigeria on Sunday.
Mother'' is an even more compelling tribute to nervy, nerve-shattered women.
But bonobos produce cortisol, which makes them more nervy and passive.
It is now just one defeat in six and gives us something to build on as we approach the nervy run-in.
Howie's indecision caused some nervy moments at the back for Rovers, who had to defend desperately in the closing stages.
I've got customers older than I am (who are) riding, but I'm not that nervy.
Scott said: "At the back of their minds they are always aware that their mistakes are going to be highlighted and you can see why they are nervy.