adjective Usage: often capitalized 2d N Etymology: from the name Nelly Date: 1925 1. marked by euphemism 2. prudishnice nelly noun, often capitalized 2d Nnice-nellyism noun, often capitalized 2d N

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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 — /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. * * * …   Universalium

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

  • nice nelly — nice′ nel′ly (or Nel′ly) [[t]ˈnɛl i[/t]] n. a person who professes or exhibits excessive modesty, prudishness, or the like • Etymology: 1925–30 nice′ nel′ly, nice′ Nel′ly, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • nice-nelly — adj 1. prudish, prim, prissy, Inf. stuffy, Inf. old maidish; narrow, censorious, puritanical, Victorian, Inf. goody goody, nice, Inf. too nice for words. See nice(def.6). 2. euphemistic, overnice, overdelicate, precious, pre cieuse, formalistic;… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • nice nelly — n prude, prig, puritan, bluenose, prd cieuse, Inf. goody goody, Inf. goody two shoes, Inf.Miss Prim and Proper, Inf.Miss Prissy or Miss Priss; la di da, Victorian …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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