niddering

[ nid-er-ing ]
/ ˈnɪd ər ɪŋ /

noun Archaic.

a coward.

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Origin of niddering

First recorded in 1590–1600; variant of nidering, which is a variant of niding, from nithing, from Old Norse nídhingr “villain, scoundrel, apostate.” The form niddering arose from a misreading of the letter ð (pronounced eth or edh, representing the th-sounds of thin and then) as an abbreviation for der

Words nearby niddering

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Example sentences from the Web for niddering

  • A niddering who flies for his life at the first approach of danger is not fit to wield a sceptre in these lands.

  • "Let but a man stir towards me and this spear flies through thy heart, Niddering," cried Eric.

    Eric Brighteyes|H. Rider Haggard
  • As to Mr. William Morris, he might be fabled to render Α δειλοί “niddering wights,” but beyond that, conjecture is baffled.

    Essays in Little|Andrew Lang
  • If so, I have been told both ways; in some visions, running like a niddering, in others standing firm as a pyramid.

    Dariel|R. D. Blackmore

British Dictionary definitions for niddering

niddering

nidering

archaic

noun

a coward

adjective

cowardly

Word Origin for niddering

C16: a mistaken reading of Old English nithing coward; related to nīth malice
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