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ixnay

verb ix·nay \ ˈiks-ˌnā \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of ixnay

ixnayed; ixnaying; ixnays
informal : to reject or put a stop to (something) : nix
  • Edie's mercilessly catty comeback to Susan when the latter finds her hot date with Mike ixnayed by Kendra's arrival.
  • —Mike Flaherty
  • Though President Bush ixnayed that idea, Wilkinson is still optimistic.
  • —James Glave

Origin and Etymology of ixnay

pig Latin alteration of 1nix


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ixnay

adverb

Definition of ixnay

informal : no, nix used to express disagreement or the withholding of permission
  • "I'm leaving on the four o'clock train. I'm too tired to drive." "Maybe I oughta go with you?" "Ixnay."
  • —Mordecai Richler
often used with on
  • The finger is pointed at Congress: Ixnay on income-supplementing "honoraria." This may be cross-institution sniping, but fits the ethical rule that no public official should serve a private master.
  • —William Safire

Origin and Etymology of ixnay

pig Latin alteration of 2nix


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