- Archaic Northern British and Scot. Dialect. a clenched or closed hand; fist.
- a frequent misspelling of naive.
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Examples from the Web for nieve
Sairy be your meal-pock, and aye your nieve i' the neuk o't.The Proverbs of Scotland
I must dress and get away to Colima, have a nieve with some friends.When the Owl Cries
Sairy be your meil-poke, and ay your nieve in the nook on't.A Collection of Scotch Proverbs
From such a vantage it would instantly appear how distinct are the Nevadas (nieve, snowy) among the Sierras of California.California
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
- Scot and Northern English dialect the closed hand; fist
C14: from Old Norse hnefi
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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.
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