Nice-nelly



[nahys-nel-ee] /ˈnaɪsˈnɛl i/

adjective
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.
[nel-ee] /ˈnɛl i/
noun
1.
a person who professes or exhibits excessive modesty, prudishness, or the like:
too much of a nice nelly to have any fun.
2.
(def 2).

adjective

: I’ve got to use ”heck” because practically all my editors are being more rabidly nice Nelly than usual

noun phrase

An overfastidious person; bluenose (1930s+)

[fr a stock character in Franklin Pierce Adams’s column ”The Conning Tower”]

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