ned

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See also: Ned, NED, -ned, and -néd

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unknown. The suggested initialism from "non-educated delinquent" is a backronym and folk etymology. Several other suggestions include a contraction of ne'er-do-well, neanderthal, or some kind of relationship with Teddy Boy although its use much predates the 1950s origin of that phrase. Ostensibly unrelated to "Ned" as a diminutive of the personal name "Edward" but the Scottish use of 'ned' for hooligan or lout is cited by the Oxford English Dictionary as dating from the early 19th century. The OED also attributes a possible derivation from the 'Edward' diminutive.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /nɛd/
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Noun[edit]

ned (plural neds)

  1. (Scotland, slang, derogatory, offensive) A person, usually a youth, of low social standing and education, a violent disposition and with a particular style of dress (typically sportswear or Burberry), speech and behaviour.
    • 2007 (Scotland), RecordView in Daily Record, 14 Feb 07, Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail, p. 8:
      The mindless behaviour of drunken neds and nuisance neighbours brings misery to tens of thousands of honest folk.

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Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse niðr, from Proto-Germanic *niþer, from Proto-Indo-European *niter.

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Preposition[edit]

ned

  1. down

Lower Sorbian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Cognate with Upper Sorbian hnyd and Czech hned.

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Adverb[edit]

ned

  1. immediately, straightaway

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • ner (no longer listed; obsolete)

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse niðr, from Proto-Germanic *niþer.

Adverb[edit]

ned

  1. down (from a higher to a lower level)

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse niðr, from Proto-Germanic *niþer.

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ned

  1. down (from a higher to a lower level)

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Old English[edit]

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Noun[edit]

nēd f

  1. Alternative form of nīed

Scots[edit]

Noun[edit]

ned (plural neds)

  1. (slang, derogatory) ned

Swedish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • ner (somewhat informal)
  • neder (archaic except in some compounds)

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse niðr, from Proto-Germanic *niþer, from Proto-Indo-European *niter.

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Adverb[edit]

ned

  1. (somewhat formal) down

Usage notes[edit]

The forms ned and ner are often, but not always, interchangeable. The form ned is more formal and is especially found in compounds of more formal nature, whereas ner is more common as a word on its own. For instance the formal word nedlägga (to discontinue, shut down) vs. its informal equivalent lägga ner. Some compounds can use either form, e.g. nedladdning (download) (more formal) or nerladdning (less formal). Some compounds only use ned, e.g. nedlåtande (condescending).

In a few compounds, the otherwise archaic form neder is used, e.g. nederbörd (precipitation) or nedervåning (ground floor).

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