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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

fem. proper name, also Nellie, diminutive of Nell, a pet form of Ellen, Helen, or Eleanor. Meaning "weak-spirited person" is first attested 1961.


Etymology 1 n. (context Cockney rhyming slang English) Life. Etymology 2

a. (context slang English) unmanly, effeminate. n. 1 (context derogatory slang English) An effeminate homosexual man. 2 (context British slang English) A silly person. 3 A common name for the giant petrels, ''Macronectes giganteus'' and ''Macronectes halli''


Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr. (born November 2, 1974), known professionally as Nelly, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, investor, and occasional actor from St. Louis, Missouri. Nelly embarked on his music career with Midwest hip hop group St. Lunatics, in 1993 and signed to Universal Records in 1999. Under Universal, Nelly began his solo career in the year 2000, with his debut album Country Grammar, of which the title-track was a top ten hit. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 and went on to peak at number one. Country Grammar is Nelly's best-selling album to date, selling over 8.4 million copies in the United States. His following album Nellyville, produced the number-one hits " Hot in Herre" and " Dilemma" (featuring Kelly Rowland). Other singles included " Work It" (featuring Justin Timberlake), " Air Force Ones" (featuring Murphy Lee and St. Lunatics), " Pimp Juice" and " #1".

With the same-day dual release of Sweat, Suit (2004) and the compilation Sweatsuit (2006), Nelly continued to generate many chart-topping hits. Sweat debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 342,000 copies in its first week. On the same week of release, Suit debuted at number one, selling around 396,000 copies in its first week on the same chart. Nelly's fifth studio album, Brass Knuckles, was released on September 16, 2008, after several delays. It produced the singles " Party People" (featuring Fergie), " Stepped on My J'z" (featuring Jermaine Dupri and Ciara) and " Body on Me" (featuring Akon and Ashanti). In 2010, Nelly released the album 5.0. The lead single, " Just a Dream", was certified triple platinum in the United States. It also included the singles " Move That Body" (featuring T-Pain and Akon) and " Gone" (a sequel to the 2002 single "Dilemma" in collaboration with Kelly Rowland).

Nelly won Grammy Awards in 2003 and 2004 and had a supporting role in the 2005 remake film The Longest Yard with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock. He has two clothing lines, Vokal and Apple Bottoms. He has been referred to by Peter Shapiro as "one of the biggest stars of the new millennium", and the RIAA ranks Nelly as the fourth best-selling rap artist in American music history, with 21 million albums sold in the United States. On December 11, 2009, Billboard ranked Nelly the number three Top Artist of the Decade.

Nelly (disambiguation)

Nelly (born 1974) is an American rapper, singer, actor and entrepreneur.

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Nelly (given name)

Nelly, Nela, Nell, and Nellie are female given names, also used as nicknames, which are derived from the names Janelle, Helen, Ellen, Petronella, Chanelle and Cornelia.

Nelly (film)

Nelly is a 2004 French drama film directed by Laure Duthilleul and starring Sophie Marceau, Antoine Chappey, and Fabio Zenoni. Written by Laure Duthilleul, Jean-Pol Fargeau, and Pierre-Erwan Guillaume, the film is about the four days following the death of a small town doctor, seen through the eyes of his wife, who is a nurse. The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

Nelly (Egyptian entertainer)

Nelly Artin Kalfayan (Arabic: نيللي آرتين كالفيان) (born 3 January 1949 in Cairo, Egypt), better known by the mononym Nelly , is an Egyptian actress, singer, comedian, dancer, television personality, and all-around entertainer.

Nelly (2016 film)

Nelly is a Canadian drama film, directed by Anne Émond and premiering at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

A biopic of the late writer Nelly Arcan, the film stars Mylène Mackay and Sophie Nélisse.

Usage examples of "nelly".

Nelly strained her bonds, how she gecked and flouted and looked above him, and curtsied past him, and dropped his hand as if it were live coals, while the heavy brow grew darker, until it showed like a thunderstorm over the burning red of the passion-flushed cheek.

Harry you go to bed, so i went up about scart to deth but by and by i crep to the stairs and lissened and he was telling about it to mother and he said if he had sence enuf not to ask me about it he cood had got 15 dolars more out of old Si and he was mad enuf to lick me, and then he began to laff and mother laffed and said it served you jest rite George to try and cheet a old man, and father said Nelly was wirth 50 dolars and the last baril of flour that Si sold him was older then Methooselas gread granfather and he wood have got square with Si if it hadent been for that boy.

Nelly and her husband, Major Isaac Hite, were invited, but others of his rainily lived too far away to come.

She planned on using the hip-hop concert that night featuring Hot T, Nelly, and the ChiTown 7, to get in with Taye Rollins.

He broke off, later in the day, to write a letter to Colonel Macon, informing him that Jack Landis was tied hard and fast by Nelly Lebrun and that for the present nothing could be done except wait, unless the colonel had suggestions to offer.

Suppose he were to bring Lou Macon to this place and let her see Landis sitting with Nelly, making love to her with every tone in his voice, every light in his eye?

He had thought of Nelly playing Landis along more gradually and carefully, so that, while he was slowly learning that she was growing cold to him, he would have a chance to grow fond of Lou Macon once more.

The dishes had names like Slumgullet, Boiled Eels, Lob Scouse, Wet Nellies, Slumpie and Treacle Billy - good, solid stuff that stuck to the ribs and made it hard to get up out of the seat.

There was one complication which Nelly Lebrun might have foreseen after her pretended change of heart and her simulated confession to Joe Rix that she still loved the lionlike Lord Nick.

As my back was turned to him, in an endeavour to speak some words to Nelly that might soothe her into calmness, she, who was looking after him, like one fascinated with terror, saw him take a sharp, shaley stone, and aim it at me.

Proscription is the work of a bunch of bureaucrats, a lot of nervous nellies, grounders all.

Nelly (Tom's spouse) assisted me to take up the slack round a blockwood tree as Tom cautiously, but with great demonstrations of evil intentions, hunted the weary horse into the corner, where we designed to so jam him that a halter might be put on with a minimum of risk to ourselves.

They'd told her that Nelly was undoubtedly going to cop a plea, so there wouldn't be any trial.

For a while she and another prostitute named Nelly Holland shared a bed in a doss-house in the maze of decaying buildings on Thrawl Street, which ran from east to west for several blocks between Commercial Street and Brick Lane in Whitechapel.

When the old man died some years after I stepped into his place, and now of course I have top wages, and can lay by for a rainy day or a sunny day, as it may happen, and Nelly is as happy as a bird.