nelly

noun
nel·​ly | \ ˈnelē \
plural -es

Definition of nelly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

3 or nellie, slang, disparaging : an effeminate homosexual
not on your nelly
sometimes capitalized second N, [perhaps from the phrase not on your Nelly Duff, rhyming slang for British slang puff breath, life] British slang : certainly not

nelly

adjective
variants: or nellie \ " \

Definition of nelly (Entry 2 of 2)

slang, disparaging
: conspicuously effeminate

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First Known Use of nelly

Noun

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1966, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nelly

Noun and Adjective

perhaps from Nelly, nickname for Helen

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“Nelly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nelly. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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