Nelly vs Telly - 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 a noun telly is
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.
A television set
- Not much on telly tonight, as usual!
- We've got a new, flat-screen telly .
* telly tennis
The plural is not used in the US.
* tube (US), TV, tele (UK, rare)