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nix1

[niks]Slang.
noun
  1. nothing.
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adverb
  1. no1(def 1).
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interjection
  1. (used as an exclamation, especially of warning): Nix, the cops!
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verb (used with object)
  1. to veto; refuse to agree to; prohibit: to nix the project.
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Origin of nix1

1780–90; < German: variant of nichts nothing

nix2

[niks]
noun, plural nix·es.
  1. (in Germanic folklore) a water spirit that draws its victims into its underwater home.
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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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Related Words

no, veto, refusal, forbidding, nothing, sprite

Examples from the Web for nixes

Historical Examples

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for nixes

nix1

sentence substitute
  1. another word for no 1 (def. 1)
  2. be careful! watch out!
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noun
  1. a rejection or refusal
  2. nothing at all
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verb
  1. (tr) to veto, deny, reject, or forbid (plans, suggestions, etc)
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Word Origin

C18: from German, colloquial form of nichts nothing

nix2

noun
  1. German myth a male water sprite, usually unfriendly to humans
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Word Origin

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

nix

v.

"cancel, refuse, forbid," 1903, from nix (n.). Related: Nixed; nixing.

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nix

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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