Felly vs Nelly - What's the difference?

felly | nelly |

As a noun felly

is the outer rim of a wheel, supported by the spokes.

As an adverb felly

is fiercely, harshly.

As a proper noun nelly is

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



Etymology 1

(etyl) fely, from (etyl) felge, dative of felg, from (etyl) 'to creep, crawl').


  • The outer rim of a wheel, supported by the spokes.
  • * 1602 , , act 2 scene 2 lines 426-430:
  • all you Gods, / In generall Synod take away her power: / Breake all the Spokes and Fallies from her wheele [...].
  • * 1922 , :
  • The felly harshed against the curbstone: stopped.

    Alternative forms

    * felloe

    Etymology 2

    From .


    (en adverb)
  • Fiercely, harshly.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , II.vi:
  • Ioues'' dreaded thunder light / Does scorch not halfe so sore, nor damned ghoste / In flaming ''Phlegeton does not so felly roste.



    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.