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nice nelly

[nel-ee] /ˈnɛl i/
noun
1.
a person who professes or exhibits excessive modesty, prudishness, or the like:
too much of a nice nelly to have any fun.
2.
nice-nellyism (def 2).
Also, nice Nelly.

nice-nelly

[nahys-nel-ee] /ˈnaɪsˈnɛl i/
adjective
1.
characterized by prudishness or excessive modesty:
The entrance of his nice-nelly friend stopped the flow of risqué stories.
2.
being a euphemism; euphemistic:
nice-nelly expressions.
Also, nice-Nelly.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25, Americanism
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Slang definitions & phrases for nice nelly

nice Nelly

adjective

: I've got to use ''heck'' because practically all my editors are being more rabidly nice Nelly than usual

noun phrase

An overfastidious person; bluenose (1930s+)

[fr a stock character in Franklin Pierce Adams's column ''The Conning Tower'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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