• WordNet 3.6
    • adj nervy offensively bold "a brash newcomer disputed the age-old rules for admission to the club","a nervy thing to say"
    • adj nervy showing or requiring courage and contempt of danger "the nervy feats of mountaineers"
    • adj nervy being in a tense state
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • nervy Exhibiting courage or daring; bold; plucky.
    • nervy Nervous{6}; apprehensive; edgy{1}.
    • nervy Offensively bold or presumptuous; insolent; cheeky; pushy.
    • nervy Strong; sinewy. "His nervy knees."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • nervy Vigorous; sinewy; strong, as if well-nerved or full of nervous force.
    • nervy Courageous; having or exhibiting fortitude or nerve.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Nervy strong, vigorous
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. nervus; Gr. neuron, a sinew.


In literature:

He's a nervy old fellow, isn't he?
"The Call of the Beaver Patrol" by V. T. Sherman
If I ain't too nervy I'm off after six myself.
"The Best Short Stories of 1915" by Various
She asked questions that might have been considered impertinent, not to say nervy.
"Gigolo" by Edna Ferber
He's nervy and stronger than he looks.
"A Son of the Hills" by Harriet T. Comstock
And she was mighty nervy about sendin' Stubby off.
"Torchy and Vee" by Sewell Ford
Yes, that had been a nervy stand made by Scout Van Sant, and a good shot.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
Not a bit nervy, are they?
"Betty Wales Senior" by Margaret Warde
He must be getting nervy, he thought, and continued his inspection of the wallet.
"The Daffodil Mystery" by Edgar Wallace
Because I like to see a high-bred, clean, nervy, sweet little four-legged gee play the antelope over a hurdle!
"Representative Plays by American Dramatists: 1856-1911: The New York Idea" by Langdon Mitchell
They don't seem to have a nerve in their bodies, though goodness knows they're 'nervy' enough at other times.
"The Motor Girls on Crystal Bay" by Margaret Penrose

In poetry:

There was a sorter glimmer in 'er eye,
An 'appy, nervis look, 'arf proud, 'arf shy;
I seen 'er in me mind be'ind the cups
In our own little kipsie, bye an' bye.
"Mar " by C J Dennis
Me cuffs kep' playing wiv me nervis fears
Me patent leathers nearly brought the tears
An' there I sits wiv, "Yes, mum. Thanks. Indeed?"
Me stand-up collar sorin' orf me ears.
"Mar " by C J Dennis
Foo's furniture is scattered any'ow,
Artisic like, in bits about the floor.
An' 'arf a dozen blokes, drawn by the row,
Nosey but nervis, 'overs near the door.
I ain't no pitcher orf no chocklit box.
I've took some knocks.
"'Ave a 'eart!" by C J Dennis
Me yap's a dud. No matter 'ow I try,
Me conversation ain't the dinkum brand.
I'm 'opin' that she don't bust out an' cry:
It makes me nervis. But I understand.
Over an' over I can 'ear 'er say,
"An' Spadgers less than fifty mile away!"
"A Woman's Way" by C J Dennis

In news:

Picture Graham Greene crossed with James Bond, with a splash of Sacha Baron Cohen, and you'll start to imagine the nervy talents of Mads Brügger, the fearless Danish filmmaker who has for.
INTERVIEWS Divine Fits Find the Nervy Post-Punk in Frank Ocean's 'Lost'.
Romney's confident, nervy display wins the day.
Remembering John Glenn's Nervy Flight, 50 Years On.
Nervy 'Young Adult' Dazzles by the Book.
"I hope I don't destroy you," whispers the seductive Trudy Liang, a nervy, glamorous Hong Kong socialite, to Will Truesdale, a wildly attractive Englishman with a practiced aversion to love.
Jennifer Reeve 's The Girl's Nervy, 1995.
Nervy 'Young Adult' Dazzles by the Book .
Schlock Tactics Texas punk rockers are tacky, nasty, nervy scurvy, and usually not very good musicians.
"We've been having a lot of calls recently for scorpions ," said Ande Nervis, branch manager for Bullwark Pest Control.
Tempo No Tempo The Buzz: A nervy, worked-up band from San Francisco, Tempo No Tempo have been kicking around for nearly four years now, getting steadily better while remaining stubbornly under the radar.
THE SKABBS played nervy, astringent music at a time when all the other white kids in Lawndale, California, were into classic rock.

In science:

Acknowledgement This work was supported by the ERC advanced grant NerVi #227747.
Hyperbolic planforms in relation to visual edges and textures perception