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or Nelly

[nel-ee] /ˈnɛl i/
a female given name, form of Helen.
(often lowercase) Slang.
  1. Offensive. a fussily effeminate male.
  2. Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a male homosexual. Unabridged
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  • This who was the most extraordinary woman that ever lived, was also little Nellie Winship.

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  • Nellie was huddled against her mother, who sat, idle, with little Benny in her arms.

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  • Even Nellie, child that she was, understood the grimness of the battle before them.

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  • What had Nellie ever put into it that it should be half hers?

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  • This had been equally true of the elder Malls, was true today of Nellie and her husband.

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  • Nellie had been frankly scandalized at the idea of mourning.

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  • I tried Nellie H.'s recipe for candy, and I think it is real nice.

Slang definitions & phrases for Nellie



  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+)

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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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