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nelly

noun nel·ly \ ˈnelē \

Definition of nelly

plural -es
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

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Origin and Etymology of nelly

perhaps from Nelly, nickname for Helen

First Known Use: 1823

in the meaning defined at sense 1


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nelly

adjective
variants: or nellie \"\

Definition of nelly

slang, disparaging
: conspicuously effeminate

Origin and Etymology of nelly

First Known Use: 1966

in the meaning defined above


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