Felly vs Nelly - What's the difference?
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.
(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:
* 1922 , :
- all you Gods, / In generall Synod take away her power: / Breake all the Spokes and Fallies from her wheele [...].
- The felly harshed against the curbstone: stopped.
* 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.
Shortened from Nelly Duff'', for ''puff'', i.e. breath of ''life
(-) (not used in the plural)
(Cockney rhyming slang) Life.
* Used principally in the phrase (not on your nelly).
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
* (petrel) Antarctic giant petrel, northern piant petrel, southern giant fulmar, southern giant petrel
(slang) Unmanly, effeminate.