Meaning of Nice Nelly in English:

Nice Nelly

(also Nice Nellie, nice Nelly)

Pronunciation /ˌnʌɪs ˈnɛli/


informal, derogatory North American
  • A person who is excessively concerned with maintaining an appearance of propriety or respectability; a prudish or fastidious person.


informal, derogatory North American
  • Prudish, fastidious; overly concerned with respectability.


1920s; earliest use found in The Boston Globe. From nice + Nellie, Nelly, pet form of the female forenames Eleanor and Helen.