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nerv·y / ˈnərvē/ • adj. (nerv·i·er, nerv·i·est ) 1. inf. bold or impudent: it was kind of nervy for Billy to be telling him how to play. 2. chiefly Brit. easily agitated or alarmed; nervous: he was nervy and on edge. ∎  characterized or produced by apprehension or uncertainty: they made a nervy start. 3. archaic or poetic/lit. sinewy or strong. DERIVATIVES: nerv·i·ly / ˈnərvəlē/ adv. nerv·i·ness n.