hnigan

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *hnīganą, Proto-Germanic *hnīwaną, from Proto-Indo-European *kneygʷʰ- ‎(to bend, to droop). Cognate with Old Frisian hniga, Old Saxon hnigan (Middle Low German nigen), *nīgan (Middle Dutch nigen, Dutch nijgen), Middle High German nigan (Middle High German nigen), Old Norse hníga (Icelandic hníga, Faroese níga, Swedish niga), 𐌷𐌽𐌴𐌹𐍅𐌰𐌽 ‎(hneigan'). See also nick.

Verb[edit]

hnīgan

  1. to bow
  2. to bend
  3. to sink
    Grundum ic hrine, helle underhnige, heofonas oferstige.. To the abyss I rine, to hell I sink below, the heavens I climb over (Exeter Book Riddles, 66).

Descendants[edit]

  • Middle English: nicken, nikken ‎(to nod; wink) (intense form)
    • English: nick partly, also from a variant of nock.

Old Saxon[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *hnīganą, from Proto-Indo-European *kneygʷʰ- ‎(to bend, to droop).

Verb[edit]

hnīgan

  1. to bow
  2. to bend

Conjugation[edit]