\ ˈnesh\

Definition of nesh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 chiefly dialectal : soft, juicy, tender nesh grass in the spring

2 chiefly dialectal

b : gentle, kindly
c : extremely fastidious or dainty
d : timid
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Definition of nesh (Entry 2 of 2)

dialectal, England
: to act timidly

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History and Etymology for nesh


Middle English nesshe, nesche, from Old English hnesce; akin to Old High German nascōn to nibble, eat dainties, Gothic knasqus soft, fine, tender, Greek kneōron, kneōros spurge flax, Sanskrit kiknasa particles of ground grain, groats, Latin ciner-, cinis ashes

Intransitive verb

Middle English nesshen, neschen to make soft, become soft, from Old English hnescian, from hnesce, adjective

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