Meaning of nice nelly

nice' nel'ly

Pronunciation: (nel'ē), [key]
  1. a person who professes or exhibits excessive modesty, prudishness, or the like: too much of a nice nelly to have any fun.
  2. nice-nellyism (def. 2).


Pronunciation: (nīs'nel'ē), [key]
— adj.
  1. characterized by prudishness or excessive modesty: The entrance of his nice-nelly friend stopped the flow of risqué stories.
  2. being a euphemism; euphemistic: nice-nelly expressions.
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