nithing

noun

plural -s
1
obsolete : coward, poltroon
2
obsolete : niggard

Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Old English nīthing, from Old Norse nīthingr, from nīth scorn, contumely + -ingr -ing; Old Norse nīth akin to Old English nīth envy, hatred, strife, Old High German nīd envy, hatred, Gothic neith envy and perhaps to Latin nitēre to shine

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“Nithing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nithing. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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