Origin of nix

1780–90; <German: variant of nichts nothing

Definition for nix (2 of 2)

[ niks ]
/ nɪks /

noun, plural nix·es.

(in Germanic folklore) a water spirit that draws its victims into its underwater home.

Origin of nix

1825–35; <German Nix,Old High German nihhus; cognate with Old English nicor water monster, Old Norse nykr,Norwegian nøkk,Swedish näck; compare Sanskrit nenekti (he) washes
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British Dictionary definitions for nix (1 of 2)

/ (nɪks) US and Canadian informal /

sentence substitute

another word for no 1 (def. 1)
be careful! watch out!


a rejection or refusal
nothing at all


(tr) to veto, deny, reject, or forbid (plans, suggestions, etc)

Word Origin for nix

C18: from German, colloquial form of nichts nothing

British Dictionary definitions for nix (2 of 2)

/ (nɪks) /


German myth a male water sprite, usually unfriendly to humans

Word Origin for nix

C19: from German Nixe nymph or water spirit, from Old High German nihhus; related to Old English nicor sea monster
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Medical definitions for nix

[ nĭks ]

A trademark for the drug permethrin.
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