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nightie

or night·y

[nahy-tee]
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noun Informal.
  1. a nightgown.

Origin of nightie

First recorded in 1890–95; night(gown) + -ie
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Examples from the Web for nightie

Historical Examples

  • Never mind, Allyn, sister will come in a few minutes and put your nightie on.

    Teddy: Her Book

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • Her nightie was a heap by her bed, the bed crumpled and empty.

    The Cricket

    Marjorie Cooke

  • "It's my nightie," whispered Lottie, pointing to the bundle.

    The Mission of Janice Day

    Helen Beecher Long

  • Every time I finish a nightie, it means another baby can have a bath.

    The Red Rugs of Tarsus

    Helen Davenport Gibbons

  • But I wisht sombody'd give the girls a nightie or somethin' to wear.

    The Pathless Trail

    Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel


British Dictionary definitions for nightie

nightie

nighty

noun plural nighties
  1. informal short for nightdress
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Word Origin and History for nightie

n.

1871, short for nightgown; originally a children's word.

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