from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Archaic A cowardly person; a wretch.
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- n. a coward
- adj. cowardly
Misreading of Middle English nithing, from Old English nīthing, from Old Norse nīdhingr, from nīdh, scorn.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)