Gelly vs Nelly - What's the difference?

gelly | nelly |


As a noun gelly

is .

As a proper noun nelly is

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

gelly

English

Noun

  • (Spenser)
    (Webster 1913)

    nelly

    English

    Etymology 1

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

    Noun

    (-) (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

    Noun

    (nellies)
  • (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

    Adjective

    (er)
  • (slang) Unmanly, effeminate.