or Nel·ly



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 male homosexual.



noun Australian Slang.

inferior or cheap wine.

Origin of nelly

First recorded in 1940–45; of uncertain origin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nellies


noun not on your nelly

(sentence substitute) British slang not under any circumstances; certainly not
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Word Origin and History for nellies


fem. proper name, also Nellie, diminutive of Nell, a pet form of Ellen, Helen, or Eleanor. Meaning "weak-spirited person" is first attested 1961.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with nellies


see nervous nellie.

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