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

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


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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

Examples of ixnay in a Sentence

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Not even being nominated against a film’s costar, which is normally a split-the-difference kiss of death (although tell that to Robert De Niro), can ixnay that advantage. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 11 Mar. 2023

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Word History



pig Latin alteration of nix entry 1


pig Latin alteration of nix entry 2

First Known Use


1934, in the meaning defined above


1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ixnay was in 1928

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Cite this Entry

“Ixnay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ixnay. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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