Nelly meaning

nĕlē
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Used as a disparaging term for an effeminate gay man.
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(Cockney rhyming slang) Life.
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A spelling variant of Nellie, a diminutive of the female given names Eleanor and Helen.
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One of the Frazier Islands where nellies breed.
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(derogatory, slang) An effeminate homosexual man.
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(UK, slang) A silly person.
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A common name for the giant petrels, Macronectes giganteus and Macronectes halli.
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Origin of nelly

  • Probably from Nelly nickname for Helen

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Shortened from Nelly Duff, for puff, i.e. breath of life

    From Wiktionary

  • From the woman's name, Nelly

    From Wiktionary