Nearby words

  1. niven,
  2. niveous,
  3. nivernais,
  4. nivkh,
  5. nivôse,
  6. nixer,
  7. nixie,
  8. nixie tube,
  9. nixon,
  10. nixon doctrine

Origin of nix

1780–90; < German: variant of nichts nothing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nixing

British Dictionary definitions for nixing



sentence substitute

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)

Word Origin for nix

C18: from German, colloquial form of nichts nothing




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 nixing
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