- characterized by prudishness or excessive modesty: The entrance of his nice-nelly friend stopped the flow of risqué stories.
- being a euphemism; euphemistic: nice-nelly expressions.
Origin of nice-nelly
An Americanism dating back to 1920–25
or nice Nelly
- a person who professes or exhibits excessive modesty, prudishness, or the like: too much of a nice nelly to have any fun.
- nice-nellyism(def 2).
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