Nelly vs Telly - What's the difference?

nelly | telly |


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

television.

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.
  • telly

    English

    Noun

    (en-noun)
  • Television
  • Not much on telly tonight, as usual!
  • A television set
  • We've got a new, flat-screen telly .

    Derived terms

    * telly tennis

    Usage notes

    The plural is not used in the US.

    Synonyms

    * tube (US), TV, tele (UK, rare)