nice nelly

nice nelly

[nel-ee]
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.
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nice-nelly

[nahys-nel-ee]
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:
1920–25, Americanism

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