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niding (plural nidings)

  1. Alternative spelling of nithing
    • 1605, M. N. [pseudonym; William Camden], “The Languages”, in Remaines of a Greater Worke, Concerning Britaine, [], London: [] G[eorge] E[ld] for Simon Waterson, OCLC 1064186951, page 30:
      [W]hen there was a daungerous rebellion againſt King William Rufus and Rocheſter Caſtle then the moſt important & ſtrongeſt fort of this Realm was ſtowtly kept againſt him, after that he had but proclaimed that his ſubjects ſhould repaire thither to his Campe, vpon no other penaltie, but that whoſoeuer refuſed to come, ſhould be reputed a Niding: they ſwarmed to him immediatly from all ſides in ſuch numbers, that he had in a few daies an infinite Armie, and the rebells therewith weere ſo terrified, that they forthwith yeelded.
    • 1795, Henry Boswell, “Rochester Castle, in Kent”, in The Antiquities of England and Wales Displayed; [], new edition, London: Printed for Alex[ander] Hogg, [], OCLC 1114772215:
      [William] Rufus immediately ſet about raiſing an army to chaſtiſe him [Odo of Bayeux]; but finding recruits to come in but ſlowly, he iſſued out a proclamation ſignifying, that whoſoever would not be reputed a Niding, ſhould repair to the ſiege of Rocheſter. What was the meaning of the word, Niding, has not reached theſe days; it might perhaps anſwer to our Ninny, a ſoft, fooliſh, unmanly fellow; undoubtedly it was a term of reproach, ſince to avoid that appellation, ſoldiers flocked to his ſtandard from every quarter, [...]


niding (comparative more niding, superlative most niding)

  1. Alternative spelling of nithing
    • 1770, [Paul Henri] Mallet, “The Passion of the Ancient Scandinavians for Arms: Their Valour: The Manner in which They Made War. []”, in [Thomas Percy], transl., Northern Antiquities: Or, a Description of the Manners, Customs, Religion and Laws of the Ancient Danes, and Other Northern Nations; Including Those of Our Own Saxon Ancestors. [] In Two Volumes. [], volume I, London: Printed for T. Carnan and Co. [], OCLC 1015516530, pages 218–219:
      In Denmark, and through all the North, they provoked a man to fight a duel, by publicly calling him Niding or "infamous:" for he who had received ſo deep a ſtain, without endeavouring to waſh it out with the blood of his adverſary, would have loſt much more than the life he was ſo deſirous to ſave.


  • 1984 Futharc A Handbook of Rune Magic, Edred Thorsson, Samuel Weiser Inc, →ISBN, page 151.
    niding: Developed from ON words nidh (insult) and nidhingr (a vile wretch).
  • 1997 Thunder issue 10 (Heathen Journal), How Sif Got Her Golden Hair, Thorskegga Thorn.
    You sheared my bride like a nithing you perverted bastard!
  • 2006 The Nature of Asatru, Mark Puryear, iUniverse, →ISBN, page 25.
    A disgraceful act, what some might call a sin, was known as a 'nid', and the person who committed it a 'niding'.


Norwegian Bokmål[edit]


From Old Norse níðingr (honorless person), from Old Norse níð (defamation; honorless). The word is cognate with Icelandic níðingur, Swedish niding.


niding m (definite singular nidingen, indefinite plural nidinger, definite plural nidingene)

  1. coward, rascal, scoundrel


Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]


From Old Norse níðingr. Cognates include Danish nidding, Icelandic níðingur and English nithing.


niding m (definite singular nidingen, indefinite plural nidingar, definite plural nidingane)

  1. scoundrel; a despicable person