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[neev, neef] /niv, nif/
Archaic Northern British and Scot. Dialect. a clenched or closed hand; fist.


a frequent misspelling of naive. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for nieve
Historical Examples
  • Sairy be your meal-pock, and aye your nieve i' the neuk o't.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • I must dress and get away to Colima, have a nieve with some friends.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
  • Sairy be your meil-poke, and ay your nieve in the nook on't.

  • From such a vantage it would instantly appear how distinct are the Nevadas (nieve, snowy) among the Sierras of California.

    California Mary Austin
  • She had been cruising off the coast, and had put in at the mouth of the nieve, and at Jaquemel on the south coast of Hayti.

    The Queen's Cup

    G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for nieve


(Scot & Northern English, dialect) the closed hand; fist
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse hnefi
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for nieve

"clenched fist" (northern and Scottish dialect), c.1300, from Old Norse hnefi (cf. Norwegian dialectal neve, Swedish näfve, Danish næve), not found in other Germanic languages.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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