niet

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch niwet, niet, from Old Dutch *niowiht, niewiht, from nio (never) + wiht (thing, creature). The former in turn derives from Proto-Germanic *ne (not) + *aiw- (ever) + *wiht- (thing).

It was originally a pronoun meaning "not a thing", and was later used to reinforce a regular negation. The pronomial meaning was lost in Middle Dutch. English not, and its older forms naught and nought, were formed in the same way, but "not" also lost its sense as a pronoun and became a negation adverb as in Dutch.

Adverb[edit]

niet

  1. Not, no: used to express negation.
    Niet storen!
    Do not disturb!
    Dat is niet waar.
    That is not true.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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Noun[edit]

niet f (plural nieten, diminutive nietje n)

  1. A staple.

Verb[edit]

niet

  1. first-, second- and third-person singular present indicative of nieten
  2. imperative of nieten

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Guernésiais[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Noun[edit]

niet f (plural niets)

  1. night
    • 2006, Peggy Collenette, ‘Célébraïr 25 onnaïes’, P'tites Lures Guernésiaises, Cromwell Press 2006, p. 18:
      La Marie et Jimmin dormisirent toute la niet et Jimmin s'éville au matin dauve l'épile à sen naïz. (Marie and Jimmy slept all night and Jimmy woke up in the morning with the peg on his nose.)

Jèrriais[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French noit, nuit, from Latin nox.

Noun[edit]

niet f (plural niets)

  1. night