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  1. a headland; promontory; cape.
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Origin of ness

before 900; Middle English -nes(se) (in place names), in part continuing Old English næs, in part < Old Norse nes; akin to nose
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  • "I git 'em out'n the nesses, whar they b'long," she asserted, tossing her wrapped plaits scornfully.

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British Dictionary definitions for nesses


    1. archaica promontory or headland
    2. (capital as part of a name)Orford Ness
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Word Origin

Old English næs headland; related to Old Norse nes, Old English nasu nose


  1. Loch Ness a lake in NW Scotland, in the Great Glen: said to be inhabited by an aquatic monster. Length: 36 km (22.5 miles). Depth: 229 m (754 ft)
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Word Origin and History for nesses



obsolete except in place names, Old English næs "a promontory," related to nasu "nose" (see nose (n.)). Cognate with Old Norse nes, Danish næs, Swedish näs, Middle Dutch nesse.

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