Definition for nights (2 of 2)
Origin of night
Examples from the Web for nights
After two nights in detention, he was scheduled to be deported back to Turkey on Monday.
That is how we did the Talladega Nights and Stepbrothers deals.Inside Sony’s ‘Pineapple Express 2 Drama’: Leaked Emails Reveal Fight Over Stoner Comedy Sequel|William Boot|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For nearly a decade on Comedy Central, four nights a week, a late night talk show host told a story.The End of Truthiness: Stephen Colbert’s Sublime Finale|Noel Murray|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I know when Ferguson was going down those first few nights, I was watching feeds on the ground on Twitter, not CNN.Ava DuVernay on ‘Selma,’ the Racist Sony Emails, and Making Golden Globes History|Marlow Stern|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I worked a lot of 11-7 shifts, and so had to stay awake, although most of the nights other people slept.James Patterson Goes Full ‘Fahrenheit 451’ With Burning Book Video|William O’Connor|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And there is the cave under the rock where Moses dwelt, when he fasted forty days and forty nights.The Travels of Sir John Mandeville|John Mandeville
Frye was caught in a trap of his own setting and could not sleep nights.Uncle Terry|Charles Clark Munn
He had extraordinary luck at Baden: broke the bank several nights, and was the fable of the place.The History of Pendennis|William Makepeace Thackeray
Maybe to-morrow, after he had had a good nights sleep, he could better bear meeting and answering them.Rejected of Men|Howard Pyle
This is continued for two or three days and nights until the corn has put forth sprouts a couple of inches long.Our Southern Highlanders|Horace Kephart
British Dictionary definitions for nights (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for nights (2 of 2)
Word Origin for night
Word Origin and History for nights
Old English niht (West Saxon neaht, Anglian næht, neht) "night, darkness;" the vowel indicating that the modern word derives from oblique cases (genitive nihte, dative niht), from Proto-Germanic *nakht- (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German naht, Old Frisian and Dutch nacht, German Nacht, Old Norse natt, Gothic nahts).
The Germanic words are from PIE *nekwt- "night" (cf. Greek nuks "a night," Latin nox, Old Irish nochd, Sanskrit naktam "at night," Lithuanian naktis "night," Old Church Slavonic nosti, Russian noch', Welsh henoid "tonight"), according to Watkins, probably from a verbal root *neg- "to be dark, be night." For spelling with -gh- see fight.
The fact that the Aryans have a common name for night, but not for day (q.v.), is due to the fact that they reckoned by nights. [Weekley]
Cf. German Weihnachten "Christmas." In early times, the day was held to begin at sunset, so Old English monanniht "Monday night" was the night before Monday, or what we would call Sunday night.
To work nights preserves the Old English genitive of time. Night shift is attested from 1710 in the sense of "garment worn by a woman at night" (see shift (n.1)); meaning "gang of workers employed after dark" is from 1839. Night soil "excrement" (1770) is so called because it was removed (from cesspools, etc.) after dark. Night train attested from 1838. Night life "habitual nocturnal carousing" attested from 1852.
Idioms and Phrases with nights
In addition to the idioms beginning with night
- night and day
- night owl
- black as night
- call it a day (night)
- dead of (night)
- different as night and day
- good night
- make a day (night) of it
- ships that pass in the night