From Old Norse níð, from Proto-Germanic *nīþaz. Cognate with Old English nīþ (English nithe), Old Saxon nīþ, Dutch nijd, Old High German nīd (German Neid) and Gothic 𐌽𐌴𐌹𐌸 (neiþ).
Confer the Icelandic níðingur from the Old Norse níðingr, which cognates with the Old English nīðing and Old High German nidding.
níð n (genitive singular níðs, nominative plural níð)
- libel, defamation, abuse, calumny, invective