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From nerve +‎ -less.


  • IPA(key): /ˈnɜː(ɹ)vləs/
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nerveless (comparative more nerveless, superlative most nerveless)

  1. Lacking nerve: fearful; cowardly.
  2. (biology) Lacking a nervous system.
  3. Devoid of nerves: calm, controlled, cool under pressure.
    • 1929, Robert Dean Frisbee, The Book of Puka-Puka (republished by Eland, 2019; p. 120):
      Little Sea and Desire, blessed, nerveless savages, were sound asleep.
    • 2012 June 28, Jamie Jackson, “Wimbledon 2012: Lukas Rosol shocked by miracle win over Rafael Nadal”, in the Guardian[1]:
      There was no distracting Rosol's ice-calm as he killed the fifth set and match. Ace, cross-court forehand winner, ace, forehand winner – a blistering eighth game took him to 5-3 and informed Nadal precisely how nerveless the Czech was.

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