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nelly

[nel-ee] /ˈnɛl i/
noun, Australian Slang.
1.
inferior or cheap wine.
Origin of nelly
1940-1945
1940-45; of uncertain origin

Nellie

or Nelly

[nel-ee] /ˈnɛl i/
noun
1.
a female given name, form of Helen.
2.
(often lowercase) Slang.
  1. Offensive. a fussily effeminate male.
  2. Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a male homosexual.
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  • I think that your return has recompensed nelly for everything.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • "You must be calm, nelly, dear; you mustn't excite yourself," she chirped anxiously.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • nelly is fond of her books, I see, and I am happy to know that she can have an opportunity to study them every day.

  • Of course, as fast as I can lay hands on them, I'm destroying every likeness of the old nelly.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • He amazed Robin Drummond by his cordiality in those days, and the young fellow commented on it whimsically to nelly herself.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
British Dictionary definitions for nelly

nelly

/ˈnɛlɪ/
noun
1.
(sentence substitute) (Brit, slang) not under any circumstances; certainly not
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Word Origin and History for nelly

Nelly

fem. proper name, also Nellie, diminutive of Nell, a pet form of Ellen, Helen, or Eleanor. Meaning "weak-spirited person" is first attested 1961.

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Slang definitions & phrases for nelly

nellie

adjective

  1. Homosexual; effeminate; gay, swish: Well, his backstroke is a little Nellie/ what in the past would have been described as a Nelly queen
  2. Overfastidious; finicky; schoolmarmish: ''As follow'' is Nellie usage and probably incorrect (1960s+)

Related Terms

nervous nellie

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with nelly

Nellie

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