hnigan

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *hnīganą.

Pronunciation[edit]

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.

Verb[edit]

hnīgan

  1. to bow
  2. to bend

Conjugation[edit]