plural -s
obsolete : coward, poltroon
obsolete : niggard

Word History


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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