a homosexual
   Either male or female, although a nelly fag is male A nelly is 'a weak-spirited or silly person' (SOED). The derivation might just owe something to the expression not on your nelly (rhyming slang on Nelly Duff, or duffer), whence an allusion to the duff in fluff your duff.

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