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Origin of nix

1780–90; < German: variant of nichts nothing

Definition for nixes (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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Example sentences from the Web for nixes

  • When any person is shortly to be drowned, the Nixes may be previously seen dancing on the surface of the water.

    The Fairy Mythology|Thomas Keightley
  • The nixes lay around it upon couches, and waited for the beauty whom as yet they had not seen that day.

    Pilgrim Sorrow|Carmen Sylva
  • Lost in dreams, the child gazed into the lake whence blew cool airs, while the nixes floated in mist across it.

    Pilgrim Sorrow|Carmen Sylva

British Dictionary definitions for nixes (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 nixes (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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