[ nahys-nel-ee ]
/ ˈnaɪsˈnɛl i /
characterized by prudishness or excessive modesty: The entrance of his nice-nelly friend stopped the flow of risqué stories.
being a euphemism; euphemistic: nice-nelly expressions.
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Origin of nice-nelly
An Americanism dating back to 1920–25
Words nearby nice-nelly
Definition for nice-nelly (2 of 2)
or nice Nelly
[ nel-ee ]
/ ˈnɛl i /
a person who professes or exhibits excessive modesty, prudishness, or the like: too much of a nice nelly to have any fun.
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