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Nellie

or Nel·ly

[ nel-ee ]
/ ˈnɛl i /
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noun
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 gay man.
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Origin of Nellie

First recorded in 1930–35 for def. 2
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Nellie

see nervous nellie.

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