[ pey-nim ]
/ ˈpeɪ nɪm /

noun Archaic.

a pagan or heathen.
a Muslim.
pagandom; heathendom.

Nearby words

  1. payment,
  2. payment bond,
  3. payment by results,
  4. payne,
  5. payne operation,
  6. payoff,
  7. payola,
  8. payor,
  9. payout,
  10. payout ratio

Origin of paynim

1200–50; Middle English: pagan (noun and adj.), pagan countries, heathendom < Old French pai(e)nime < Late Latin pāgānismus paganism

Related formspay·nim·hood, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for paynim


/ (ˈpeɪnɪm) /

noun archaic

a heathen or pagan
a Muslim

Word Origin for paynim

C13: from Old French paienime, from Late Latin pāgānismus paganism, from pāgānus pagan

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Word Origin and History for paynim



mid-13c., "heathen lands," from Old French paienime, paienisme "heathen, pagan; Saracen lands or culture or faith," from Late Latin paganismus "heathendom" (Augustine), from paganus "heathen" (see pagan); mistaken meaning "a heathen person" (late 14c., also in Old French) is via phrases such as paynim lands.

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