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nixie

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[ nik-see ]
/ ˈnɪk si /
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noun
a letter or parcel that is undeliverable by the post office because of a faulty or illegible address.
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Origin of nixie

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First recorded in 1880–85; nix1 + -ie

Other definitions for nixie (2 of 2)

nixie2
[ nik-see ]
/ ˈnɪk si /

noun German Folklore.
a female water spirit.

Origin of nixie

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1810–20; <German Nixe (Middle High German nickese,Old High German nicchessa;see nix2), perhaps construed at time of borrowing as nix2 + -ie
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British Dictionary definitions for nixie

nixie
/ (ˈnɪksɪ) /

noun
German myth a female water sprite, usually unfriendly to humans

Word Origin for nixie

C19: see nix
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