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nervy (adj.)

c. 1600, "vigorous, sinewy, strong," from nerve (n.) + -y (2). By 1870 as "full of courage or fortitude;" by 1891 as "excitable;" by 1896 as "coolly impudent." Related: Nerviness.

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Definitions of nervy from WordNet

nervy (adj.)
being in a tense state;
Synonyms: edgy / high-strung / highly strung / jittery / jumpy / overstrung / restive / uptight
nervy (adj.)
showing or requiring courage and contempt of danger;
the nervy feats of mountaineers
nervy (adj.)
offensively bold;
a nervy thing to say
Synonyms: brash / cheeky
From wordnet.princeton.edu