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From Proto-Germanic *naudiz, from earlier *nauþiz, from Proto-Indo-European *nAut- ‎(torment, misfortune), from *nāw- ‎(the dead, corpse). Cognate with Old Frisian nēd (West Frisian need), Old Saxon nōd (Low German noot), Dutch nood, Old High German nōt (German Not ‎(need, hardship, emergency), Old Norse nauð (Danish nød, Swedish nöd), Gothic 𐌽𐌰𐌿𐌸𐍃 ‎(nauþs). The Indo-European root is also the source of Lithuanian nõvyti ‎(oppress, destroy), Old Church Slavonic уныти ‎(unyti) (Russian ныть ‎(nytʹ, throbbing pain).



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  1. constraint, violence, compulsion
  2. need as an abstract concept, distress
  3. a need or necessity for something
  4. a situation of distress or lack of something
  5. the runic character (/n/)

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