a constantly nervous, worried, or timid person.
A timid or cautious person; a worrier: a nervous Nellie a bit like Jeanne Dixon
[late 1930s+; perhaps fr Nervous Nellie, the nickname of Frank B Kellogg, secretary of state 1925–29, who negotiated the Kellogg-Briand differences]
An unduly timid or anxious person, as in He’s a real nervous Nellie, calling the doctor about every little symptom. This term does not allude to a particular person named Nellie; rather, the name was probably chosen for the sake of alliteration. [ ; c. 1920 ]
[nur-vuh s] /ˈnɜr vəs/ adjective 1. highly excitable; unnaturally or acutely uneasy or apprehensive: to become nervous under stress. 2. of or relating to the : nervous tension. 3. affecting the : nervous diseases. 4. suffering from, characterized by, or originating in disordered . 5. characterized by or attended with acute uneasiness or apprehension: a […]
noun, Anatomy, Zoology. 1. the system of nerves and nerve centers in an animal or human, including the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and ganglia. 2. a particular part of this system. noun 1. the sensory and control apparatus of all multicellular animals above the level of sponges, consisting of a network of nerve cells See […]
- Nervous wreck
noun a person suffering from emotional exhaustion due to stress An individual suffering from extreme agitation or worry, as in Pat was a nervous wreck until her mother arrived at the wedding. This expression is nearly always used hyperbolically. [ ; c. 1900 ] Also see: basket case
[nur-vyool] /ˈnɜr vyul/ noun, Zoology. 1. a small branch of a in the wing of an insect.