nixie

1
[ nik-see ]
/ ˈnɪk si /

noun

a letter or parcel that is undeliverable by the post office because of a faulty or illegible address.

Origin of nixie

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First recorded in 1880–85; nix1 + -ie

Definition for nixie (2 of 2)

nixie

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[ 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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nixie

/ (ˈnɪksɪ) /

noun

German myth a female water sprite, usually unfriendly to humans

Word Origin for nixie

C19: see nix
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Word Origin and History for nixie

nixie


n.

"water fairy," 1816 (introduced by Sir Walter Scott), from German Nixie, from Old High German nihhussa "water sprite," fem. of nihhus, from Proto-Germanic *nikwiz (cf. Old Norse nykr, Old English nicor "water spirit, water monster," also used to gloss hippopotamus; Grendel's mother in "Beowulf" was a nicor), perhaps from PIE *neigw- "to wash" (cf. Sanskrit nenkti "washes," Greek nizo "I wash," Old Irish nigid "washes").

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