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nerve +‎ -y



nervy (comparative nervier, superlative nerviest)

  1. (US) Having nerve; bold; brazen.
  2. (Britain) Feeling nervous, anxious or agitated.
    • 2012 May 9, John Percy, “Birmingham City 2 Blackpool 2 (2-3 on agg): match report”, in the Telegraph[1]:
      Blackpool continue to thrive on the adrenalin rush of the end-of-season shoot-out and are heading for a second Wembley date in two years after negotiating a nervy path past Birmingham.
  3. (archaic) Strong; sinewy.
    • (Can we date this quote by John Keats and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      And, for those simple times, his garments were
      A chieftain-king's: beneath his breast, half bare,
      Was hung a silver bugle, and between
      His nervy knees there lay a boar-spear keen []
  4. (technical) jittery; having unwanted signal characteristics.

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