- (used as an exclamation, especially of warning): Nix, the cops!
- to veto; refuse to agree to; prohibit: to nix the project.
Origin of nix1
1780–90; < German: variant of nichts nothing
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Examples from the Web for nixed
But Tarantino nixed that idea, instead choosing to have the contents be whatever you want it to be.The Secrets of ‘Pulp Fiction’: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About the Movie on Its 20th Anniversary
October 19, 2014
That was nixed because it was thought that voters could be less likely to say no to an invitation to agree to something.An Independent Scotland Will Hurt Labour
September 17, 2014
By the end of September, both networks had nixed their Hillary projects.The Pre-Emptive War on Hillary Clinton
December 9, 2013
By then, the investigators seem to have nixed Colon as a suspect in the disappearance.How Ariel Castro Remained at Liberty in Cleveland All These Years
May 9, 2013
Together, they visit the Museum of Natural History, with Sally wearing those gogo boots that Don nixed.‘Mad Men’ Returns: A Recap of Season Five
April 5, 2013
- another word for no 1 (def. 1)
- be careful! watch out!
- a rejection or refusal
- nothing at all
- (tr) to veto, deny, reject, or forbid (plans, suggestions, etc)
C18: from German, colloquial form of nichts nothing
- German myth a male water sprite, usually unfriendly to humans
C19: from German Nixe nymph or water spirit, from Old High German nihhus; related to Old English nicor sea monster
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Word Origin and History for nixed
"cancel, refuse, forbid," 1903, from nix (n.). Related: Nixed; nixing.
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