Eleanor vs Nelly - What's the difference?

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Nelly is a related term of eleanor.



Proper noun

(en proper noun)
  • (female).
  • * : Act I, Scene II:
  • Nay, Eleanor', then must I chide outright: / Presumptuous dame! ill-nurtured ' Eleanor ! / Art thou not second woman in the realm, / And the protector's wife, belov'd of him?
  • * 1866 William 'Wilkie' Collins: Armadale . Kissinger Publishing 2004. ISBN 1417911972 page 288:
  • When you hear a young lady called Eleanor', you think of a tall, beautiful, interesting creature directly - the very opposite of ''me''! With my personal appearance, ' Eleanor sounds ridiculous - and Neelie, as you yourself remarked, is just the thing. No! no! don't say any more - - -



    Etymology 1

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


    (-) (not used in the plural)
  • (Cockney rhyming slang) Life.
  • Usage notes
    * Used principally in the phrase (not on your nelly).

    Etymology 2

    From the woman's name, Nelly


  • (derogatory, slang) An effeminate homosexual man.
  • (British, slang) A silly person.
  • A common name for the giant petrels, Macronectes giganteus'' and ''Macronectes halli
  • Hyponyms
    * (petrel) Antarctic giant petrel, northern piant petrel, southern giant fulmar, southern giant petrel


  • (slang) Unmanly, effeminate.