nill

[nil]Archaic.
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verb (used without object), nilled, nill·ing.

to be unwilling: will he, nill he.

verb (used with object), nilled, nill·ing.

to refuse or reject.

Origin of nill

before 900; Middle English nillen, Old English nyllan, contraction of phrase ne willan; see no1, will1, willy-nilly
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v.

Old English nylle, nelle "to be unwilling," from ne "no" (see no) + will (v.). Often paired with will; the construction in nill he, will he, once common, attested from c.1300, surviving principally in willy-nilly, which, however, reverses the usual Middle English word order. Latin expressed a similar idea in nolens volens.

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