[ nel-ee ]
/ ˈnɛl i /
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a female given name, form of Helen.
- Offensive. a fussily effeminate male.
- 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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How to use Nellie in a sentence
They seem to have only one oar, and Nellies trying to steer with that.The Outdoor Chums on the Lake|Quincy Allen
Dr. Crossett turned from them delighted at her triumph, but as he turned the look of suffering on little Nellies face sobered him.Lola|Owen Davis
Why, its Nellies gingham dress; the very one she wore the other day.
Rose kissed the sad little face, and brushed back the rudely cropped hair, that lay in ringlets on Nellies head.
Anyhow, the stroke intended for Bobby landed full upon Nellies cheek.The Girls of Central High at Basketball|Gertrude W. Morrison
Other Idioms and Phrases with Nellie
see nervous nellie.
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