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nice-nelly

adjective

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given to or marked by very conservative standards regarding personal behavior or morals
  • the novel's wildly off base portrayal of 18th-century aristocrats as nice-nelly exemplars of decorum

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nice nelly

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of nice nelly (Entry 2 of 2)

a person who is greatly concerned with seemly behavior and morality especially regarding sexual matters
  • some nice nelly bowdlerized this collection of wartime ditties that were lustily sung by the men around the campfire

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The first known use of nice-nelly was in 1922

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“Nice-nelly.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/nice-nelly. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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