nimmer

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

nim +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

nimmer ‎(plural nimmers)

  1. A petty thief.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Garner, Bryan A. (2005) Blacks Law Dictionary, Abridged Eighth edition, Thomson/West, ISBN 0314158634, page 880

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From n- +‎ immer.

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Adverb[edit]

nimmer

  1. never

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Originally n- +‎ immer, thus the same construct as English ever and never. Later on there has been interference by unrelated dialectal contractions of nicht mehr, as which the word is interpreted by most contemporary speakers.

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Adverb[edit]

nimmer

  1. (regional, chiefly southern Germany, Austria) no more, no longer
  2. (regional, chiefly southern Germany, Austria) never again
  3. (archaic or poetic, literary) never, at no time
    • Espenbaum, Paul Celan:
      Meiner Mutter Haar ward nimmer weiß.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In northern Germany and many parts of central Germany, the word is used mainly in some set phrases such as nie und nimmer ‎(not by any means). Otherwise it has an archaic or poetic ring to it. It is used more readily in southern Germany and Austria, meaning “no more” or “never again”. The original sense “never, at no time” is now very rare and, at least in the north, unlikely to be understood at all.

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