Definitions

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  • adj. Useful; good at need; fit; able.
  • adj. Quick and effective; deft; skilful.
  • adj. In good order; trim; tidy; dainty; clean.
  • n. Use; profit; foredeal; advantage.
  • n. Use; end; purpose.
  • v. To refuse; deny; disclaim.
  • v. To use; employ.
  • v. To go over; recite; repeat.
  • v. To exert oneself.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Fit; able.
  • To use; employ.
  • To deny; disclaim.

Etymologies

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From Middle English naiten, nayten, from Old Norse neita, later variant of Old Norse níta ("to deny, refuse"), from Proto-Germanic *niitjanan (“to say 'no', deny, refuse”), from Proto-Germanic *ne (“no, not”). Cognate with Icelandic neita ("to deny"), Danish nægte ("to deny"), Old English nǣtan ("to annoy, afflict, press upon, trample upon, crush, subdue, injure, destroy"). More at nyte, nay.

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From Middle English naiten, nayten, from Old Norse neyta ("to use, employ"), from Proto-Germanic *nautijanan (“to use”), from Proto-Indo-European *newd- (“to acquire, make use of”). Cognate with Icelandic neyta ("to make use of, employ"). Related also to Icelandic nýta ("to use, make use of"), Old English nēotan ("to use, make use of, have the use of, have the benefit of, enjoy, employ"). More at note.

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From Middle English naite, from Old Norse neyte, neyti ("use"), from Proto-Germanic *nautiz (“use”).

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From Middle English nait, nayt, from Old Norse neytr ("in good order, fit, fit for use"), from Proto-Germanic *nautiz (“useful, helpful”). Compare Old English nyttol ("useful").

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