Old EnglishspEnglish
Nib nSomething small or pointed. 2. the beak of a bird; the point of a pen. 3. a small projection or cog on the underside of a tile for fixing to a batten. 4. the upper edge of a plasterer's running mould.
Nib vbTo furnish with a nib.
Nibbed adjHaving a nib.
Nickname nFrom an eke-name ( eke meaning ‘addition’: see eke), misinterpreted, by wrong division, as a neke name. 2. a name added to or instead of an ordinary name. 3. a name given in contempt, derision, or familiarity to some person, nation, or object.
Nickname vbTo give a nickname.
Niddering adjOE. 'nithing' a coward. 2. cowardly, faithless, infamous.
Nift nA niece. 2. " a forth-nift." -- a grand niece.
Nigh advNearby, near to, at hand, nigh at hand, , close, in the proximity.
Nigh adjNot distant or remote in place or time; near 2. not remote in degree, kindred, circumstances, etc.; closely allied; intimate. "Nigh kinsmen." near; close; adjacent; contiguous; present; neighboring.
Nigh phr"Nigh On" - near, just on, about. 2. nigh upon,
Nigh phr"Nothing Nigh" - nothing like.
Nigh-but adjAlmost, nearly, just on; as, 'he was nigh-but twenty-one'.
Nigh-by advNearby, close, near to, almost, near at hand.
Nigh-ebbed adjAlmost; as, as the nigh-ebbed sea, in the windless.
Nighen vbTo come near.
Nigh-hand advNearby, near at hand,near to. 2. near or close to a person or place.
Nighish adjNear to, approaching, coming close to.
Nighly advNearly, almost nearly, closely. 2. niggardly, sparingly.
Nighness nNearness in place, time or possibility. 2. proximity. 3. nearness of kinship or blood.
Nighsome adjFavourable, benevolent, gracious, courteous, courtly.
Nighsomeness nA state or situation: somewhat near or approaching in time, place, possibility. 2. state of kinship or family ties.
Night nThe period of darkness between sunset and sunrise. 2. the beginning of this period; nightfall. 3. the darkness of night; the dark. 4. a condition or time of obscurity, ignorance, sinfulness, misfortune, etc.: the long night of European history known asthe Dark Ages. 5. ( sometimes initial capital letter ) an evening used or set aside for a particular event, celebration, or other special purpose: a night on the town; poker night; New Year's Night. 6. the period of darkness each 24 hours between sunset and sunrise, as distinct from day. 7. the occurrence of this period considered as a unit: four nights later they left. 8. the weather conditions of the night: a clear night. 9. the activity or experience of a person during a night. 10. nightfall or dusk. 11. a state or period of gloom, ignorance, etc.
Night adjOf or pertaining to night: the night hours. 2. occurring, appearing, or seen at night: a night raid; a night bloomer. 3. used or designed to be used at night: to take a night coach; the night entrance. 4. working at night: night nurse; the night shift. 5. active at night: the night feeders of the jungle.
Night phr"All Night Long" - throughout the whole night.
Night phr"Be a Night Owl" - to habitually go to bed late.
Night phr"By Night" - in or during the night; at night time.
Night phrBy Night and Day" - unceasingly; all the time, at any time, always, continuously, continually; night in, night out, working night and day (until the job was done).
Night phr"Call It a Night" - end what one is doing at night.
Night phr"Dead of the Night" - darkest part of the night.
Night adj"Fly-by-night" as, a fly-by-night seller.
Night phr"Have a Good Night" - have a good time; enjoy the entertainment, and sleep well.
Night phr"Have a One-night Stand" - an occasion when a performer or team of them (especially in vaudeville) expects to perform at a theater for a single evening. 2. (idiomatic) A single sexual encounter between two individuals, where at least one of the parties has no immediate intention or expectation of establishing a longer-term sexual or romantic relationship. As the phrase implies, the relationship lasts for only one night. 3. (idiomatic) A person with whom one shares a single sexual encounter.
Night phr"Make a Night of It": to go out enjoy and celebrate for most of the night.
Night phr"Morning After the Night Before" - have a hangover.
Night phr"Night and Day" - unceasingly; all the time, continuously, continually; night in, night out, working night and day (until the job was done). 2. day and night.
Night phrNight in, Night out" - all the time, continuously. 2. night after night.
Night phr"Night is Young" - the project is only at a very early stage.
Night phr"Night of the Long Knives" - The Nazis murder of the Brownshirts and some catholic leaders in 1934. 2. the Saxons, lead by Hengist, murder of Welsh chieftains in 472
Night phr"Of Night" - at nightfall; in the evening; usually from six p.m. to midnight.
Night phr"Of Nights" - (done) by night (habitually).
Night phr"Of the Night" - by night, during the night, at night.
Night phr"Ships in the Night" - persons who fail to meet up.
Night phr"Spend a Sleepless night" - to worry long and deeply about something.
Night phr"The First Night" - the first publc performance of a play or show.
Night phr"The Night" - the first on which a play is publicly performed.
Night phr"The Night is Young" - the endeavour or undertaking has just begun.
Night phr"Will be Alright on the Night" - an expression of optimism that in the end everything will go well or be OK.
Night-after-night advNightly, night by night, many nights
Night and day advAlways, ceaselessly, continually, day after day, perpetuating, successively, unceasingly.
Night-bale nHurt, harm, misfortune that comes during or at night.
Night-bell nA bell in a doctor's house, telephone exchange, etc used for emergency calls.
Night-bird nA nocturnal bird such as an owl. 2. a bad character who prowls about at night. 3. one who habitually keeps late hours.
Night-biter nAn animal, esp. an insect such as a mosquito, that bites during the night.
Night-black adjVery black.
Night-blind adjUnable to se clearly in dim light.
Night-blindness nThe inability to see clearly in dim light; due to a deficiency of vitamin A or to a retinal disorder, moon-blindness, nyctalopia.
Night-born adjTaking place or happening at night.
Night-break nThe first appearance of darkness at dusk.
Night-clothes nSleeping attire.
Night-dark adjVery black.
Night-eater nThe flea (slang).
Nighted ppMade black or dark as night. 2. pertaining to the night. 3. overtaken by night; benighted.
Nighten vbTo grow dark; to become night.
Nighter nOne who carries out activities at or during the night; as, a 'first nighter'.
Nightern adjNocturnal, hesternal, nightish, nightly.
Night-eyed adjcapable of seeing at night.
Night-fall nDusk, sundown.
Nightfall nThe end of the day, dusk, the night-long, sundown, sunset, evening, crespusule.
Night-fallen adjPertaining to night-fall.
Night-faring adjGoing or travelling by night.
Night-fear nA morbid fear of night-time. 2. frightened by the (real and imaginary) sounds of night.
Night-fighter nn aeroplane used for interception at night.
Night-flight nfleeing under the darkness of night.
Night-fire nThe will o' the wisp.
Night-foe nA chillblain.
Night-glass nA short telescope for night observation at sea.
Nightglow nThe faint light emitted by the upper atmosphere at night.
Night-hag nAn ugly old female demon or witch who appears during the night. 2. a witch credited with flying on a broomstick.
Night-hawker nOne who travels about selling food/ wares at night.
Night-helm nThe covering of night; night's curtain.
Night-house nA tavern, pub that stays open all night.
Nightingale nA small brownish migratory bird of the thrush family, Luscinia megarhynchos, the male bird known for its beautiful song at night.
Nightish adjPertaining to the night, nocturnal.
Night-laden adjHeavy with the darkness of night. 2. burdened with the problems of life during the dark hours.
Nightland nNighttime. 2. a land and its people who experience months of darkness during winter.
Night latch nA spring latch operated on the inside by a knob and from outside buy a key.
Nightless adjHaving no night; eternal daytime or daylight.
Night-life nThe activity of people seeking night-time diversions, as at nightclubs, theatres, and the like. 2. the entertainment available at night-time for clubs etc.
Night-lifer nOne who seeks entertainment at night-times in clubs, etc.
Night-light nA faint light perceptible at night. 2. a light which burns or shines at night.
Night-like adjResembling night in some aspects.
Nightline nA fishing line with baited hooks left in the water to catch fish over night. 2. late night TV show or program featuring current affairs, esp. political matters.
Night-long adjThat lasts or has lasted during the night.
Night-long advAll night, during the whole night.
Nightly adjHappening, done or existing in the night. 2. recurring every night.
Nightly advEvery night; of the night.
Night-lying nBedtime.
Nightman nA watchman; security officer.
Nightmare nA terrifying dream in which the dreamer experiences feelings of anxiety in extreme, helplessness, sorrow, etc. 2. a condition, thought, or experience suggestive of a nightmare: the nightmare of his years in prison. 3. (formerly) a monster or evil spirit believed to oppress persons during sleep.
Nightmare-like adjResembling or characteristic of a nightmare in some aspect.
Nightmareness nThe state or condition of a nightmare.
Nightmarey adjResembling a nightmare.
Nightmarish adjExtremely alarming, hair-raising. 2. terrifying as a nightmare; resembling a nightmare. 4. apt to give someone a nightmare.
Nightmarishly advIn a nightmarish manner.
Nightness nDarkness.
Night-off nA night free from work or usual duties.
Night-out nAn evening spent in entertainment or reveling; a spree.
Night-owl nAn owl which flies at night. 2. one who is up at night.
Night raven nA bird of ill omen that cries in the night; esp., the bittern. 2. the night jar, the night raven.
Night-rider nIn the southern United States, any of a band of masked, mounted men who perform lawless acts of violence at night, generally to punish, intimidate, etc.
Night-ridden adjOf a season that has long-periods of darkness.
Nights advDuring the night, by night, at night.
Night-school nSchool classes conducted in the evening, usually for adult students.
Night-self nThe struggle between one's night-self and one's day-self: the struggle between the dark or evil/bad side of a person and the light or good side of that person.
Nightshade nAny of the numerous shrubs or herbs or vines of the genus "Solanum" - most are poisonous though many bear edible fruit; "Deadly nightshade" or "Belladonna". 2. the shade or darkness of night. 3. a night-walker; a prostitute.
Night shift nThe work shift during the night, usu. midnight to 2. the grave-yard shift.
Night-shirt nSleepwear, esp. a loose shirt used for sleeping in.
Night-shirted adjAttired in a nightshirt.
Night-side nThe 'dark' or bad side of a person.
Night-side phr"In the Night-side" - in the evening.
Night sight nThe ability to see the reduced illumination (as in moon-light); night vision, scotopic vision, twilight vision.
Night-song nThe prayer and song at compline: the religious exercise which completes and closes the service of thr day; the last prayer of the day to be said at sunset.
Night-sight nNight blindness; a physical defect of the eyes in which one sees well by daylight, but poorly in the dark or dim light; sometimes confused with day blindness or hemeralopia.
Night-speech nThe sounds of night.
Night-spell nA charm against accidents at night. 2. a spell used as a protection against harm at night. 3. a charm used to cause harm at night.
Night-spot nA night club.
Night-stand nA small beside table, typically having drawers.
Night-stick nA long, stout club carried by policeman in the U.S.A., especially at night.
Night-stool nA night-chair or portable dry-closet; a commode.
Night-stop nA break in a journey during the night. 2. the place a person stops to spend the night.
Night-sun nA mock-moon, the paraselene.
Night-swallow nA prostitute, sex-worker, night-walker, skanky-ho. NB: a calque of the French: "Hirondelle de nuit".
Night-sweat nA profuse perspiration at night during sleep, often symptomatic of serious disease.
Night-swift adjAs quick as the passing of night.
Night-tide nNighttime.
Night-time nThe time after sunset and before sunrise while it is dark outside; night, dark. 2. the time from dusk to dawn; night-tide.
Night-times advAt night, during the night.
Night-walker nProstitute, street-walker, sex-worker. 2. a sleepwalker, noctambulist, somnambulist. 3. one who moves about in the night for evil purposes; a criminal.
Night-walking nWalking in one's sleep; somnambulism, noctambulism. 2. walking the streets at night for evil designs.
Nightwards adjApproaching or towards the night or nightfall; nightward. 2. coming or taking palce at night.
Nightwards advTowards the region of night; westwards.
Night-watch nThe time or period of keeping watch at night.
Night-watch vbTo keep watch at night.
Night-watcher none who keeps watch at night.
Night-watching nThe occupation of a nightwatchman, whose job it is to keep watch at night.
Nightwatchman nA person whose job to keep watch by night.
Nightwear nSleepwear, such as a loose shirt used for sleeping in
Night-wind nA wind that blows at night.
Night-work nWork carried out at night.
Night-worker nOne who works at night.
Night-world nLife during the night-time; the world by night.
Night-worm nA treacherous comrade. 2. a devious, trust-betraying person. 3. a prostitute. 4. a glow-worm.
Nighty adjPertaining to the night; nightly, night-like. 2. women sleeping attire.
Nigh-what advAlmost, nearly.
Nill nUnwillingness.
Nill vb(Ne & Will) - to be unwilling; not to will a thing. 2. to refuse, reject. 3. to negate, prevent from happening. 4. nill he, will he.
Nilling nThe fact of not willing. 2. rejection, aversion. 3. that which nills or can nill.
Nim nA thief.
Nim vbOE: niman, nioman: to deal out; distribute, nim out. 2. hold, possess, take, occupy. 3. to take in various senses of the word: steal, filch, thieve, pilfer. 4. "to take nimbly".
Nimble adjLight and quick in motion; moving with ease and celerity; lively; swift. 2. agile; quick; active; brisk; lively; prompt.
Nimble-brained adjQuick of mind and intellect; nimble-witted.
Nimble-come-quick adjRapid of growth.
Nimble-eyed adjSharp of eye.
Nimble-fingered adjQuick and dexterous of the hand and fingers. 2. given to pilfering.
Nimble-footed adjAgile, fleet, fleet footed, mercurial, sure-footed, swift-footed, sprightly. 2. quick to change the direction of one's activities when circumstances warrant.
Nimble-footedness nAgility, adaptable, fleetness of foot, sprightliness.
Nimble-mouthed adjArticulate, quick of repartee. 2. nimble-tongued.
Nimbleness nThe quality or ability to be agile, quick in motion, move with speed.
Nimble-nosed adjQuick to pick up a scent; lit and fig. 2. mentally alert, savvy, aware, sharp, quick-witted.
Nimble-tongued adjArticulate, quick of repartee.
Nimble-toothed adjReady to eat or consume food.
Nimble-willed adjQuick willed.
Nimble-witted adjQuick of mind, intellect and humour.
Nimbly advTo act in a manner quickly, swiftly, actively and with ease of motion.
Nimbly phr"To Take Nimbly" - steal. 2. quick and skilfully
Nimmer nA pilfer, thief, petty crook.
Nimming nThe action or practice of pilfering, steaking, robbing. 2.
Nim-nosed adjSwift to pick up scents.
Nine n The cardinal number, eight plus one; thrice three-fold. 2. a symbol for this number, as 9 or IX. 3. a set of this many persons or things. 4. a baseball team. 5. a playing card with nine pips. 6. "The Nine": the Muses.
Nine adjAmounting to nine in number.
Nine phrA Stitch in Time Saves Nine" - early intervention or maintenance saves time and is less costly in the long run.
Nine phr"Look Nine ways" - to squint.
Nine phr"Nine-day Wonder" - an exciting event, or person but one which will cease to excite interest when the novelty wears off.
Nine phr"Ninepence to a Shilling" - a dimwit: a brick short of a load.
Nine phr"Nine Times Out of Ten" - more often than not, usually. 2. almost always.
Nine phr"Nine to Five" - normal working hours.
Nine phr"Nine Ways (at thrice)" - asquint, askew.
Nine phr"On Cloud Nine" - be very happy.
Nine phr"Right as Ninepence" - fit, healthly.
Nine phr"Up on Nines" - at once.
Nine phr"Up To the Nines" - to perfection, to the highest degree or place.
Nine-eyed adjAn opprobrious epithet.????
Nine-fold adjHaving nine units or components; nonuple, nine times repeated.
Nine-foldness nThe state or quality of being nine-fold.
Nine hundred nThe natural number followng 899 and preceding 901.
Nineish nAbout or around nine.
Nineness nThe property of being 'nine' in number.
Nine-sided adjHaving nine sides.
Ninesome nBy or constituting nine; ninefold, night-times. 2. performed by nine individuals.
Nineteen adjBeing one more than eighteen. 2. the cardinal number that is the sum of eighteen and one.
Nineteenth nOne of nineteenth equal parts of a whole.
Nineteenth adjThe ninth after the tenth
Nineteenth-hole nJocularly in golf, the refreshment bar.
Nineteenthly adjCome 19th in number.
Nine-to-five nThe average working day.
Nine Worthies n(The Nine Wonders)the heroes of medieval romance, three Jews: Joshua, David, and Judas Maccabaeus; three pagans, Hector, Alexander, and Julius Caesar; three Christians Knights : Arthur, Charlemagne, and Geoffrey Bouillon.
Nine-eye nThe river lamprey or lampern, with a dark blue back and silvery sides, used as bait.
Ninefold adjNine times as much or many. 2. consisting of nine parts
Ninefold advNine times as much or many. 2. consisting of nine parts.
Nineteen nne more than eighteen, nine more than ten.
Nineteen adjThat amounts to nineteen.
Nineteenth hole nThe bar at a golf club (as reached after a standard round of eighteen holes).
Nine-to-five nOf or involving a standard working day.
Ninety adjBeing ten more than eighty. 2. the cardinal number that is the product of ten and nine.
Ninth nOne of ninth equal parts of a whole
Ninth adjThe first after the eight.
Ninthly advIn the ninth place.
Nit nEgg of a louse or other insect parasite on man or animals. 2. a gnat or small fly. 3. a contemptible person -- a nitwit.
Nith nA place low down.
Nith adjLow.
Nithe nOE: to condemn: envy, malice, hatred.
Nithe vbTo envy, or hate a person. 2. to feel envy, anger, hatred. 3. to begrudge, withhold, deny, as in a meat-nithing (deny food to).
Nither vbTo bring or thrust down.
Nithered adjOld English (in an earlier sense) with object to chill or blast with cold.

2. with no object To shiver or tremble with cold. See also nithering.

Nithering nThe condition or state of feeling envy, hatred, malice; lowness (meanness of spirit).
Nitherness nLowness; low position.
Nithing nA vile coward, dastard, despicable wretch, low-life-villain. 2. a coward, dastard,
Nithing adjNiggardly, sparing, grudging, hard-fisted.
Nithinghood nState or quality of niggardness, miserliness; wretchedness, baseness, lowness (of behavior).
Nittily advLousily.
Nittings nThe refuse of gold ore. 2. dregs, tailings, mullock.
Nitty adjFull of nits; infested with nits; lousy.
Nitwit nA stupid, incompetent person; dimwit, half-wit, lame-brain, dolt, stolt, thickwit, witling, lackwit.
Nitwitted adjStupid, dimwitted, doltish, foolish.
Nitwittedness nState or quality of stupidity, foolishness, mental unalertness.
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