Nellie

or Nel·ly

[ nel-ee ]

noun
  1. a female given name, form of Helen.

  2. (often lowercase)Slang.

    • Offensive. a fussily effeminate male.

    • Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a gay man.

Origin of Nellie

1
First recorded in 1930–35 for def. 2

Words Nearby Nellie

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How to use Nellie in a sentence

  • Nellie was always jealous of the welfare of the working class, and was ever vigilant as to its interests.

    The Underworld | James C. Welsh
  • And Nellie Sinclair never in all her life sang that song so well as she did that night; and she never sang it again.

    The Underworld | James C. Welsh
  • "There's nae word o' Mysie yet," said Nellie, when he came in, and her words seemed to shock him with their unexpectedness.

    The Underworld | James C. Welsh

Other Idioms and Phrases with Nellie

Nellie

see nervous nellie.

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