Definition of nervy in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈnəːvi

adjective (nervier, nerviest)

  • 2North American informal Bold or impudent: it was kind of nervy for Billy to be telling him how to play
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    • Audiard has done a masterful job of creating a brash, nervy film that is poignant without ever being pretentious.
    • On Wasp Star, XTC come back to their nervy, new-wavish geek-boy rock, producing a startlingly fresh album for guys that have been doing this for over 20 years.
    • The United Nations chief is charming and charismatic, but his nervy doctrine for ending wars makes world leaders twitch.
  • 3 literary Vigorous or strong.



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  • Fragmented and episodic, it starts arrestingly with ghostly shushing sounds and moving searchlights picking out a lone dancer in black tittuping nervily on the balls of her feet.
  • Although the wagtail ‘shows no shrinking’, Britten makes him chirrup a shade nervily, though the rocking bass counters the faint fright with a reiterated triad of innocent A major.
  • As noises thicken in her sound-world and chords stir nervily in ours, she hesitates; the camera comes in closer and a strange cry curdles the air; Jess stops, bites her lip and looks around.


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  • Robinson competently conveys nerviness, anger and frustration, but the ultimate despair his character must feel doesn't quite register.
  • There's a genteel nerviness about this big, bendy-nosed bloke in the Norwich City football shirt, slacks and comfy brown brogues.
  • There is no doubt that we Celtic fans remain twitchy about our team - and, in all honesty, that edginess and nerviness will take some budging.

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