nilled; nilling; nills

intransitive verb

archaic : to be unwilling : will not
will you nill you, I will marry youWilliam Shakespeare

Word History


Middle English nilen, from Old English nyllan, from ne not + wyllan to wish — more at no, will

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of nill was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Nill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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