or nice-Nel·ly·ism

[nahys-nel-ee-iz-uh m]


excessive modesty; prudishness.
a euphemism: an evasive style of writing, full of circumlocutions and nice-nellyisms.

Nearby words

  1. nice,
  2. nice guys finish last,
  3. nice nelly,
  4. nice-looking,
  5. nice-nelly,
  6. nicely,
  7. nicene,
  8. nicene council,
  9. nicene creed,
  10. niceness

Origin of nice-nellyism

First recorded in 1935–40; nice nelly + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019