[ nel-ee ]
/ ˈnɛl i /

noun Australian Slang.

inferior or cheap wine.

Origin of nelly

First recorded in 1940–45; of uncertain origin

Definition for nelly (2 of 2)


or Nel·ly

[ nel-ee ]
/ ˈnɛl i /


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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nelly


/ (ˈnɛlɪ) /

noun not on your nelly

(sentence substitute) British slang not under any circumstances; certainly not
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for nelly


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 nelly


see nervous nellie.

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