ixnay

verb
ix·​nay | \ ˈiks-ˌnā How to pronounce ixnay (audio) \
ixnayed; ixnaying; ixnays

Definition of ixnay

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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

ixnay

adverb

Definition of ixnay (Entry 2 of 2)

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

First Known Use of ixnay

Verb

1934, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

1928, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ixnay

Verb

pig Latin alteration of nix entry 1

Adverb

pig Latin alteration of nix entry 2

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“Ixnay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ixnay. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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