Definitions

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  • n. A nephew.
  • n. A grandson.

Etymologies

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From Middle English neve, nevi, from Old English nefa ("nephew, grandson"), and Old Norse nefi ("nephew, kinsman"); both from Proto-Indo-European *nefô (“nephew”), from Proto-Indo-European *nepoter-, *nepo- (“grandchild, sister's son”). More at neve.

Examples

  • “Well,” said Joe, with the same appearance of profound cogitation, “he is not — no, not to deceive you, he is not — my nevvy.”

    Great Expectations

  • “A suffect consulship next year for my nevvy, Titius.”

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • He said his nevvy, the footman, heard the front door-bell ring just as he was getting into bed last night, and Miss

    Red Pottage

  • "And then to lose that nevvy of his: The lad leads a charmed life all through the war and then he goes down with the influenza, just when Sir Hubert thought he was training him up nicely to take over the estate."

    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

  • Deacon Tourtelot (as we have already hinted) has gone to his long home; and the dame has planted over him the slab of "Varmont" marble, which she has bought at a bargain from his "nevvy."

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866

  • "Dear old Cap'n Cuttle and Uncle Sol's nevvy, Wal'r -- you remember him, don't you?"

    Lucile Triumphant

  • 'Ye'll mind Tam Elliot,' replied the elder, 'him that was nevvy to auld

    Border Ghost Stories

  • Inhabitant's nevvy romp home in the egg and spoon event, took himself off to the dressing-tent, and began to get into his running clothes.

    Tales of St. Austin's

  • He told his audience everything that had happened in connection with the said nevvy for years back.

    Tales of St. Austin's

  • At least, my race will be, though I must stop to see the Oldest Inhabitant's nevvy win the egg and spoon canter.

    Tales of St. Austin's

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