nesh

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nesh (nɛʃ)
 
adj
1.  sensitive to the cold
2.  timid or cowardly
 
[from Old English hnesce; related to Gothic hnasqus tender, soft; of obscure origin]

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nesh
"tender, delicate, weak," now only a Northern England dialect word, from O.E. hnesce "soft in texture" (cognate with early modern Du. nesch, Goth. hnasqus), of unknown origin.
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