From Old Norse níð, from Proto-Germanic *nīþą. 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
- Synonyms: óhróður