\ ˈniks How to pronounce nix (audio) \
nixed; nixing; nixes

Definition of nix

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

: veto, reject the court nixed the merger



Definition of nix (Entry 2 of 4)

: no used to express disagreement or the withholding of permission often used with onthey said nix on our plan

Definition of nix (Entry 3 of 4)

: nothing There's a whole day's work for nix.

Definition of nix (Entry 4 of 4)

: a water sprite of Germanic folklore

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Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of nix in a Sentence

Verb our supervisor nixed my request to work from home, if only on a trial basis movie audiences have effectively nixed the idea of the reviving the old-fashioned western by emphatically ignoring this latest effort

First Known Use of nix


circa 1903, in the meaning defined above


1862, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

1789, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nix

Noun (1), Verb, and Adverb

German nichts nothing

Noun (2)

German, from Old High German nihhus; akin to Old English nicor water monster and perhaps to Greek nizein to wash

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“Nix.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nix

US, informal : to refuse to accept or allow (something) : to say no to (something, such as a suggestion or plan)

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