EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN interjection (used as an exclamation, especially of warning): Nix, the cops! verb (used with object) to veto; refuse to agree to; prohibit: to nix the project. Origin of nix 1 1780–90; < German: variant of nichts nothing noun, plural nix·es. (in Germanic folklore) a water spirit that draws its victims into its underwater home. Origin of nix 2 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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Lost in dreams, the child gazed into the lake whence blew cool airs, while the
nixes floated in mist across it.
nixes lay around it upon couches, and waited for the beauty whom as yet they had not seen that day.
When any person is shortly to be drowned, the
Nixes may be previously seen dancing on the surface of the water. British Dictionary definitions for nixes noun a rejection or refusal nothing at all verb (tr) to veto, deny, reject, or forbid (plans, suggestions, etc) Word Origin for nix
C18: from German, colloquial form of
nichts nothing noun 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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Word Origin and History for nixes v.
"cancel, refuse, forbid," 1903, from
nix (n.). Related: Nixed; nixing. n.
"nothing, none," 1789, from German
nix, dialectal variant of nichts "nothing," from Middle High German nihtes, from genitive of niht, nit "nothing," from Old High German niwiht, from ni, ne "no" (see un-) + wiht "thing, creature" (cf. naught).
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