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  • proper n. A diminutive of the female given names Annette and Jeannette.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete variant of natty.


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  • Nettie is the vicious young woman who also works in the store, and who acts like the worst kind of younger sibling to Morry, telling tales on him, ruthlessly pointing out his faults, demanding his punishment from his parents.

    Small Town Dreaming « Tales from the Reading Room

  • Carousel, South Pacific, and The King and I put their heroines 'fears and choices at the center of the action, and the first three place an Earth Mother (Aunt Eller, Cousin Nettie, Bloody Mary) at her side to help her along.

    Out of Our Dreams

  • In the first scene Billy and Julie both lose their jobs, and the stark consequences of unemployment are made clear: dependency on handouts (from Julie's cousin Nettie) or crime, soon to be followed by wife-beating.

    Out of Our Dreams

  • When I called Nettie on the phone later on, she was hurt, and nothing I said could snap her out of it.

    “Classy” Freddie Blassie

  • Tigo was about to prod him again, get this show on the road here, nem mine feelin sorry for all the drug addicts in this sorry world of ours, when Wiggy said, "You know what the name Nettie stans for?"

    Money, Money, Money

  • He refrained; and this time virtue really had a reward beyond itself, for Willie would blithely have told him that she was a dressmaker (he called Nettie, however, the manager of a Court modiste's business), and that would not have pleased Charlie.

    Comedies of Courtship

  • She was quite startled, and very angry with Nettie, of course: after securing the monkey safely in her cage, she called Nettie to her, and speaking quite severely, told her to return to the parlor, to sit down on the lounge, and neither to rise from it, nor touch anything, until her father and Eric came home.

    Eric or, Under the Sea

  • But in the evening, as her mother was busy in and out getting supper ready, and Mr. Lumber had not come in, Mr. Mathieson called Nettie to his side.

    The Carpenter's Daughter

  • Her father drew her close, close within his arms; and without one word Nettie sat there, till, for very happiness and weariness, she fell asleep; and he carried her to her room.

    The Carpenter's Daughter

  • Soon after arriving in Egypt to begin the 1896 dig season, their mutual friend Lady Jane Lindsey introduced Benson to Janet "Nettie" Gourlay, a fellow traveler in Egypt.

    That Air of Expectation, Still and Assured


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