If you're nervy, you're so outspoken and brave that you're almost rude. A nervy student isn't afraid to ask even the grouchiest teacher to explain why he's giving so much homework on a Friday.

You can use nervy to simply mean "brave," but it usually carries the implication of being a bit of a smart aleck. Your nervy questions at a job interview might be seen as refreshingly straightforward, or simply cheeky and impudent. Sometimes nervy instead means "nervous," like a nervy tightrope walker who trembles and shakes with fear, but this meaning is more common in Britain than in the U.S.

Definitions of nervy
  1. adjective
    offensively bold
    “a nervy thing to say”
    synonyms: brash, cheeky
    used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty
  2. adjective
    showing or requiring courage and contempt of danger
    “the nervy feats of mountaineers”
    fearless and daring
  3. adjective
    being in a tense state
    synonyms: edgy, high-strung, highly strung, jittery, jumpy, overstrung, restive, uptight
    in or of a state of physical or nervous tension
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