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British Dictionary definitions for niever


  1. Scot and Northern English dialect the closed hand; fist

Word Origin for nieve

C14: from Old Norse hnefi
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Word Origin and History for niever



"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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