[ nel-ee ]
/ ˈnɛl i /
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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Idioms and Phrases with Nellie
see nervous nellie.
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