Origin of nights
Origin of night
Related Words for nightsmidnight, duskiness, gloom, evening, darkness, nighttime, dark, eventide, blackness, nightfall, twilight, obscurity, bedtime, black, dim, nighttide
Examples from the Web for nights
Contemporary Examples of nights
After two nights in detention, he was scheduled to be deported back to Turkey on Monday.Pope-Shooter Ali Agca’s Very Weird Vatican Visit
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December 29, 2014
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
December 21, 2014
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
December 19, 2014
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
December 15, 2014
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
November 25, 2014
Historical Examples of nights
In your service I have spent many toilsome days and sleepless nights.
For three days and three nights, Paralus remained in complete oblivion.
Between them, his days and nights were occupied to crowding.
"I jest can't keep him off the streets nights," was his chief complaint.
I should be b-a-d, and I should sit up nights to invent new ways of evil.
Word Origin for night
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.
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