nervous Nellie
or nervous Nelly noun (plural nervous Nellies) Usage: often capitalized 1st N Etymology: from the name Nellie Date: 1926 a timid or worrisome person

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  • nervous Nellie — n. any nervous person, male or female. □ Sue is such a nervous Nellie. She should calm down. □ Relax! Don’t be such a nervous Nellie …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • nervous-Nellie — adjective Characterized by worry or anxiety; having a weak, insecure personality. Woody Allen plays his most frazzled variation on the Woody we know best: a nervous Nellie urban neurotic kvetching his way through life as a means of avoiding it.… …   Wiktionary

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  • nervous Nellie — a timid person who lacks determination and courage He is a nervous Nellie and is afraid of most of the other students in the school …   Idioms and examples

  • Nervous Nellie — {n.}, {informal} A timid person who lacks determination and courage. * /I say we will never win if we don t stop being Nervous Nellies!/ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Nervous Nellie — {n.}, {informal} A timid person who lacks determination and courage. * /I say we will never win if we don t stop being Nervous Nellies!/ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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