Petrels vs Nelly - What's the difference?

petrels | nelly |


As nouns the difference between petrels and nelly

is that petrels is (petrel) while nelly is (cockney rhyming slang) life or nelly can be (derogatory|slang) an effeminate homosexual man.

As a adjective nelly is

(slang) unmanly, effeminate.

petrels

English

Noun

(head)
  • Anagrams

    * *

    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.