Nelly vs Selly - What's the difference?
As a proper noun nelly
is a spelling variant of nellie, a diminutive of the female given names eleanor and helen.
As an adjective selly is
rare; wonderful; admirable.
As an adverb selly is
As a noun selly is
a marvel; wonder; something wonderful or rare.
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.
* (l), (l) (Scotland)
Rare; wonderful; admirable.
A marvel; wonder; something wonderful or rare.
*1995 , Robert J. Blanch, Julian N. Wasserman, From Pearl to Gawain :
- The line is a masterstroke of noncommitment, for the event is a "selly " in the sight of some unidentified readers.