plural nisser or nisses
: a friendly goblin or brownie of Scandinavian folklore that frequents farm buildings : kobold
nisse … a harmless creature, dressed in red blouse and pantaloons and wearing a red capNational Geographic

Word History


Swedish or Danish or Norwegian, alteration of Nils (Saint) Nicholas

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“Nisse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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