[ nahyts ]
/ naɪts /


at or during the night regularly or frequently: He worked during the day and wrote nights.

Origin of nights

before 900; Middle English nightes, Old English nihtes. See night, -s1

Definition for nights (2 of 2)


[ nahyt ]
/ naɪt /



Origin of night

before 900; Middle English; Old English niht, neaht, cognate with German Nacht, Gothic nahts, Latin nox (stem noct-), Greek nýx (stem nykt-)
Related formsnight·less, adjectivenight·less·ly, adverbnight·like, adjective
Can be confusedknight night Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nights (1 of 2)


/ (naɪts) /


informal at night, esp regularlyhe works nights

British Dictionary definitions for nights (2 of 2)


/ (naɪt) /


Related formsRelated adjective: nocturnal
Derived Formsnightless, adjectivenightlike, adjective

Word Origin for night

Old English niht; compare Dutch nacht, Latin nox, Greek nux
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Word Origin and History for nights


Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with nights


In addition to the idioms beginning with night

  • night and day
  • night owl

also see:

  • 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
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