- a female given name, form of Helen.
- (often lowercase) Slang.
- Offensive.a fussily effeminate male.
- Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.a contemptuous term used to refer to a male homosexual.
- inferior or cheap wine.
Origin of nelly
First recorded in 1940–45; of uncertain origin
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Examples from the Web for nellies
Why, its Nellies gingham dress; the very one she wore the other day.
They seem to have only one oar, and Nellies trying to steer with that.The Outdoor Chums on the Lake
You know how Nellies father isalways joking and the like; and he enjoys puzzling Mammy Jinny.The Girls of Central High on Track and Field
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Rose kissed the sad little face, and brushed back the rudely cropped hair, that lay in ringlets on Nellies head.
And maybe this poor fellow will come to his senses and try Nellies lemon meringue pieits a dandy, Nellie!The Girls of Central High at Basketball
Gertrude W. Morrison
- (sentence substitute) British slang not under any circumstances; certainly not
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Word Origin and History for nellies
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Idioms and Phrases with nellies
see nervous nellie.
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