nisba

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Etymology[edit]

From Arabic نِسْبَة(nisba).

Noun[edit]

nisba (plural nisbas)

  1. (grammar) An Arabic derivational adjective formed with the suffix ـِيّ‎ m (-ī, -iyy) / ـِيَّة‎ f (-íyya), or an adjective in another Near Eastern language that is formed similarly. The English adjectival suffix -i, e.g. in Iraqi is of Arabic origin.

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Sometimes hypothesized to be from German nichts or nix da.[1]

Adverb[edit]

nisba

  1. nix, none
    • La cambiale, film (1959)
      - Lei testimoni li ha?
      - Eh, l'avvocato! Tesimoni - nisba!
      - E allora lo facciamo venire.
      - A chi?
      - A Nisba.
      - No, dicevo "nisba". Nessuno!

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  1. ^ in Festschrift für Giovan Battista Pellegrini (1991, →ISBN, edited by Johannes Kramer), page 322: Als Beispiel eines Germanismus sei nisba "nichts" angeführt, das sich aus deutsch nix (da) ableitet und in Norditalien eine Entsprechung mit lomb. nies aufweist; ...