Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Nothing.
  • adverb Not so; no.
  • transitive verb To forbid, refuse, or veto.
  • noun A water sprite of German mythology, usually in human form or half-human and half-fish.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Teut, myth., a water-spirit, good or bad. The Scotch water-kelpie is a wicked nix. Also written nis.
  • An exelamation of alarm used by thieves, street Arabs, and others: as, nix, the bobby! (policeman).
  • noun Nothing; as an answer, nothing; also, by extension, as adverb, no.
  • noun See the quotation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • (Teut. Myth.) One of a class of water spirits, commonly described as of a mischievous disposition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A treacherous water-spirit; a nixie.
  • noun colloquial : nothing.
  • verb To make something become nothing; to reject or cancel.
  • verb To destroy or eradicate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a quantity of no importance
  • verb command against

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[German dialectal, from Middle High German nihtes, genitive of niht, from Old High German niwiht : ni, not, no; see ne in Indo-European roots + wiht, thing; see wekti- in Indo-European roots.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[German, from Middle High German nickes, from Old High German nihhus.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From German nix, colloquial form of nichts ("nothing"). Compare also Dutch niks ("nothing"), informal for niets ("nothing"). More at naught.

Examples

  • _Course_, it's nix on Junior, an 'it's _nix_ on Peter if you say so.

    Michael O'Halloran

  • The male is called nix, the female nixie, the generic term for both being nicker, from a root which perhaps means ‘to wash.

    Hero Tales and Legends of the Rhine

  • She alsovoted against the torture bill, co-signed the Restore the Constitution Act which would restore habeas corpus and "nix" the immunity for war crime status granted the PResident in the torture bill, etc ....

    Rebuttals to Reasons NOT to Impeach

  • She alsovoted against the torture bill, co-signed the Restore the Constitution Act which would restore habeas corpus and "nix" the immunity for war crime status granted the PResident in the torture bill, etc ....

    Rebuttals to Reasons NOT to Impeach

  • Education (tho my kids will not be going to public school like I did, so you can kind of nix that one) 4.

    tell me why-yi-yi-yi

  • a little Phœnix, which is destined to live as many years.

    The Metamorphoses of Ovid Literally Translated into English Prose, with Copious Notes and Explanations

  • You're right, the "ex" seems to kind of nix it all.

    AustralianIT.com.au | Top Stories

  • I have bought the copyright to "nix" .... you're all screwed.

    PCLinuxOS-Forums

  • Oh wait, the guy who sold it to me will say he only sold me the rights to use the three letters "nix" and not the copyright itself and it will cost millions to settle it, one way or the other, but once it is settled ..... you're all screwed.

    PCLinuxOS-Forums

  • Oh wait, the guy who sold it to me will say he only sold me the rights to use the three letters "nix" and not the copyright itself and it will cost millions to settle it, one way or the other, but once it is settled ..... you're all screwed.

    PCLinuxOS-Forums

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