Nelly vs Helly - What's the difference?

nelly | helly |

As a proper noun nelly

is a spelling variant of nellie, a diminutive of the female given names eleanor and helen.

As an adjective helly is

hellish, infernal.



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.
  • helly



    (en adjective)
  • Hellish, infernal.
  • * 1603', Samuel Harsnet, ''A Declaration of Egregious Popish Impostures'', quoted in '''2013 in ''Shakespeare's England: Life in Elizabethan & Jacobean Times (ISBN 0750952822):
  • These monster-swarms his Holiness and his helly crew have scraped and raked together out of old doting historiographers, wizardising augurs, imposturing soothsayers, dreaming poets, chimerical conceiters, and coiners of fables, .
  • * 1892 , Theodore Sydney Vaughn, Satan in Arms Against Columbus , page 138:
  • Then wavered all the rebel rings, And of a sudden, ere a single blow Was struck, precipitous they shrieking fled, And sought the portals of their Helly home.