nix

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See also: Nix and *nix

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From German nix, colloquial form of nichts ‎(nothing)[1]. Compare also Dutch niks ‎(nothing), informal for niets ‎(nothing). More at naught.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

nix ‎(uncountable)

  1. (colloquial): nothing.
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Verb[edit]

nix ‎(third-person singular simple present nixes, present participle nixing, simple past and past participle nixed)

  1. To make something become nothing; to reject or cancel.
    Nix the last order - the customer walked out.
    • 2012 June 17, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Homer’s Triple Bypass” (season 4, episode 11; originally aired 12/17/1992)”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      At work Mr. Burns spies Homer munching complacently on a donut and hisses that each donut Homer shoves into his fat face brings him one donut closer to the poisoned donut Mr. Burns has ordered thrown into the mix as a form of culinary Russian Roulette, only to learn from Smithers that the plant’s lawyers ultimately nixed the poisoned donut plan because “they consider it murder.”
  2. To destroy or eradicate.
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References[edit]

  1. ^ nix in Merriam-Webster's Dictionary

Etymology 2[edit]

From German Nix, from Middle High German nickes, niches, from Old High German nichus, nihhus, from Proto-Germanic *nikwus ‎(water-spirit; nix), from Proto-Indo-European *neygʷ- ‎(to wash). Cognate with Old English nicor ‎(a water-monster; hippopotamus). More at nicker.

Noun[edit]

nix ‎(plural nixes)

  1. A treacherous water-spirit; a nixie.

Classical Nahuatl[edit]

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Noun[edit]

nīx ‎(inanimate)

  1. first-person singular possessive singular of īxtli; (it is) my eye.
  2. first-person singular possessive plural of īxtli; (they are) my eyes.

Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German nichts ‎(nothing).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /neɡs/, [neɡ̊s]

Interjection[edit]

nix or niks

  1. no, no way

Pronoun[edit]

nix

  1. (nonstandard form of) niks

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A widespread form in dialects all over the German language area, probably the same as standard nichts, viz. a contraction of it.

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

nix

  1. (colloquial) Alternative form of nichts ‎(nothing)
    Ich hab nix gesehen.
    I saw nothing.

Interjection[edit]

nix

  1. no way!
    Nix! Jetzt ist Schluss hier!
    No way! That's it now!

External links[edit]

  • nix in Duden online

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Italic *sniks, from Proto-Indo-European *snígʷʰs ‎(snow), root noun derived from *sneygʷʰ- ‎(to snow) (whence also Latin nivit, ningit, ninguit). Direct cognates include Ancient Greek νίφα ‎(nípha) and Old Irish snechta and indirectly also Sanskrit स्नेह ‎(sneha) and Old English snāw and snīwan (English snow and snew).

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Noun[edit]

nix f ‎(genitive nivis); third declension

  1. snow
  2. white hair

Inflection[edit]

Third declension i-stem.

Case Singular Plural
nominative nix nivēs
genitive nivis nivium
dative nivī nivibus
accusative nivem nivēs
ablative nive nivibus
vocative nix nivēs

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Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • nix in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • nix in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers

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Rafsi[edit]

nix

  1. rafsi of nixli.

Swedish[edit]

Interjection[edit]

nix

  1. (slang) not, no (negative response to a question)
    Någon undrade om guldfonder, men nix sade Claes, alltför osäkert.
    Someone asked about gold funds, but Claes said "nope, too risky".
    - Är det någon vi känner? Frågade pappa. - Nix, svarade jag.
    Dad asked "Is it someone we know?" "No", I answered.

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