nelly

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

nelly (uncountable) (not used in the plural)

  1. (Cockney rhyming slang) Life.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From the woman's name, Nelly

Noun[edit]

nelly (plural nellies)

  1. (derogatory, slang) An effeminate homosexual man.
  2. (UK, slang) A silly person.
  3. A common name for the giant petrels, Macronectes giganteus and Macronectes halli
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Adjective[edit]

nelly (comparative nellier, superlative nelliest)

  1. (slang) Unmanly, effeminate.