nesh

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English nesh, nesch, nesche, from Old English hnesce, hnysce, hnæsce (soft, tender, mild; weak, delicate; slack, negligent; effeminate, wanton), from Proto-Germanic *hnaskijaz, *hnaskuz, *hnaskwuz (soft, tender), from Proto-Indo-European *knēs-, *kenes- (to scratch, scrape, rub). Cognate with Scots nesch, nesh (soft, tender, yielding easily to pressure, sensitive), Dutch nesch, nes (wet, moist), Gothic 𐌷𐌽𐌰𐍃𐌵𐌿𐍃 (hnasqus, soft, tender, delicate). Compare also nask, nasky, nasty.

Alternative forms[edit]

  • nish (Newfoundland English)

Adjective[edit]

nesh (comparative nesher, superlative neshest)

  1. (now UK dialectal) Soft; tender; yielding.
    • 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book XIII:
      Therefore thou arte more harder than ony stone, and woldyst never be made neyssh nother by watir nother by fyre [...].
  2. (now UK dialectal) Delicate; weak; poor-spirited; susceptible to cold weather, harsh conditions etc.
  3. (now UK dialectal) Soft; friable; crumbly.
Usage notes[edit]
  • This is a fairly widespread dialect term throughout Northern England and the Midlands.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English neschen, from Old English hnescan, hnescian (to make soft, soften; become soft, give way, waver), from Proto-Germanic *hnaskōną, *hnaskēną (to make soft), from Proto-Indo-European *knēs-, *kenes- (to scratch, scrape, rub). Cognate with Old High German nascōn ("to nibble at, parasitise, squander"; > German naschen (to nibble, pinch)).

Verb[edit]

nesh (third-person singular simple present neshes, present participle neshing, simple past and past participle neshed)

  1. (transitive) To make soft, tender, or weak.

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