nicht

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See also: nicht-

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch nichte, from Old Dutch *nift, from Proto-Germanic *niftiz.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /nɪxt/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: nicht
  • Rhymes: -ɪxt

Noun[edit]

nicht f (plural nichten, diminutive nichtje n)

  1. female cousin; daughter of someone's uncle or aunt
  2. niece; daughter of someone's brother or sister
  3. niece; daughter of someone's brother- or sister-in-law

Alternative forms[edit]

  • nift (obsolete, Holland)
  • nifte (obsolete, Holland)

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Negerhollands: nechi, nechtje, negje

Noun[edit]

nicht m (plural nichten, diminutive nichtje n)

  1. (sometimes derogatory) male homosexual, a gay man; in particular one who is camp or effeminate

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German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • nich, nich' (informal writing, reflecting the common pronunciation)
  • net, nit (colloquial; in central Germany, southern Germany, Austria)

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German niwiht, niweht, niht, a contracted form of Old High German niowiht, from nio (never) + wiht (being, creature), the last from Proto-Germanic *wihtą.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /nɪçt/
    • IPA(key): [nɪçt] (predominant)
    • IPA(key): [niçt] (Bavaria; parts of Austria; Ruhrgebiet)
    • IPA(key): [nɪxt], [nixt], [-χt] (Switzerland; parts of Austria)
    • IPA(key): [nɪɕt], [nəɕt], [-ʃt] (parts of central Germany)
  • IPA(key): /nɪç/ (common speech; quasi-standard in northern and central Germany; alternations as above)
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪçt, -ɪç

Adverb[edit]

nicht

  1. not, non- (negates the meaning of a verb, adjective, or adverb)
    Bitte nicht stören!
    Please do not disturb!
    Das ist nicht wahr.
    That is not true.

Derived terms[edit]

Interjection[edit]

nicht?

  1. (tag question, dated or formal) right?; is it?; is it not?
    Du bist sicher die Claudia, nicht?
    You must be Claudia, aren't you?

Synonyms[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • nicht” in Duden online
  • nicht” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache

Kashubian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Slavic *nikъto.

Pronoun[edit]

nicht

  1. nobody, no one

Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English niht.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

nicht (plural nichts)

  1. night, evening
    • c. 1495, William Dunbar, The Tua Mariit Wemen and the Wedo:
      Apon the Midsummer evin, mirriest of nichtis, / I muvit furth allane [...].
  2. (definite singular) tonight
    • It's a braw, bricht, moonlit nicht the nicht. It's a beautiful, bright moonlit night tonight.

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West Frisian[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Dutch nicht.

Noun[edit]

nicht c (plural nichten, diminutive nichtsje)

  1. female cousin
    Coordinate term: neef
  2. (archaic) niece

Further reading[edit]

  • nicht”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011