nice nelly

/nel"ee/
1. a person who professes or exhibits excessive modesty, prudishness, or the like: too much of a nice nelly to have any fun.
2. nice-nellyism (def. 2).
Also, nice Nelly.

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • nice\ Nelly — • nice Nellie • nice Nelly I. noun informal Someone who acts too good to be true; a prude; a prig. We took him for a nice Nelly when he wouldn t fight. II. adj informal too careful not to say or do anything wrong or improper; too proper; prudish …   Словарь американских идиом

  • nice Nelly — ☆ nice Nelly n. a prudish or affectedly modest person, who uses euphemisms: also sp. nice Nellie nice Nelly adj …   English World dictionary

  • nice nelly — noun or nice nellie ˈ ̷ ̷ˈnelē Usage: usually capitalized 2d N Etymology: probably from nice (I) + Nelly, Nellie, the name 1. : prude I m no nice Nelly Ethel Merman …   Useful english dictionary

  • nice-nelly — adjective or nice nellie ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ Usage: often capitalized 2d N Etymology: nice Nelly or nice Nellie : overly delicate : prudish, euphemistic …   Useful english dictionary

  • nice-nelly — /nuys nel ee/, adj. 1. characterized by prudishness or excessive modesty: The entrance of his nice nelly friend stopped the flow of risqué stories. 2. being a euphemism; euphemistic: nice nelly expressions. Also, nice Nelly. [1920 25, Amer.] * *… …   Universalium

  • nice-nelly — adjective Usage: often capitalized 2d N Etymology: from the name Nelly Date: 1925 1. marked by euphemism 2. prudish • nice nelly noun, often capitalized 2d N • nice nellyism noun, often capitalized 2d N …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • nice Nelly(1) — or[nice Nellie] {n.}, {informal} Someone who acts too good to be true; a prude; a prig. * /We took him for a nice Nelly when he wouldn t fight./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • nice Nelly(2) — or[nice Nellie] {adj.}, {informal} Too careful not to say or do anything wrong or improper; too proper; prudish. * /Her nice Nelly behavior made her unpopular at school./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • nice Nelly(2) — or[nice Nellie] {adj.}, {informal} Too careful not to say or do anything wrong or improper; too proper; prudish. * /Her nice Nelly behavior made her unpopular at school./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • nice nelly — noun see nice nelly …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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