- (used as an exclamation, especially of warning): Nix, the cops!
- to veto; refuse to agree to; prohibit: to nix the project.
Origin of nix1
1780–90; < German: variant of nichts nothing
- (in Germanic folklore) a water spirit that draws its victims into its underwater home.
Origin of nix2
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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Examples from the Web for nixes
Lost in dreams, the child gazed into the lake whence blew cool airs, while the nixes floated in mist across it.
The 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.The Fairy Mythology
- 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)
C18: from German, colloquial form of nichts nothing
- German myth a male water sprite, usually unfriendly to humans
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
"cancel, refuse, forbid," 1903, from nix (n.). Related: Nixed; nixing.
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