or night·y


noun Informal.

Origin of nightie

First recorded in 1890–95; night(gown) + -ie Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nightie

Historical Examples of nightie

  • Never mind, Allyn, sister will come in a few minutes and put your nightie on.

    Teddy: Her Book

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • Her nightie was a heap by her bed, the bed crumpled and empty.

    The Cricket

    Marjorie Cooke

  • "It's my nightie," whispered Lottie, pointing to the bundle.

    The Mission of Janice Day

    Helen Beecher Long

  • Every time I finish a nightie, it means another baby can have a bath.

    The Red Rugs of Tarsus

    Helen Davenport Gibbons

  • But I wisht sombody'd give the girls a nightie or somethin' to wear.

    The Pathless Trail

    Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel

British Dictionary definitions for nightie



noun plural nighties

informal short for nightdress
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for nightie

1871, short for nightgown; originally a children's word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper