Nelly vs Newly - What's the difference?

nelly | newly |

As a proper noun nelly

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

As an adverb newly is

in a new manner.



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.
  • newly



  • In a new manner.
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