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). Also,nice' Nel'ly.
Pronunciation: (nīs'nel'ē), [key]
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. Also,nice'-Nel'ly.
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