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[nahy-tee] /ˈnaɪ ti/
noun, Informal.
Origin of nightie
1890-95; night(gown) + -ie Unabridged
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Examples from the web for nightie
  • In the summertime she sometimes runs in her nightie, its pale folds catching around her knees.
  • His nan was awake, crouching barefoot at the top of the stairs in a short pink nightie showing her soft lumpy legs.
  • Next she went into the bathroom and emerged wearing a cotton nightie.
  • Or a koala that climbed up a four-poster bed surprising a seventeen-year-old in her nightie.
  • Wax paper is intricately needled into a lace nightie and thong.
  • The challenge with lace is keeping the look elegant and not appearing as though you've stepped out of the house in your nightie.
  • Cover up your pouch with a pouch cover or by wearing a short slip or nightie.
British Dictionary definitions for nightie


noun (pl) nighties
(informal) short for nightdress
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Word Origin and History for nightie

1871, short for nightgown; originally a children's word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for nightie



A nightgown: Aphrodite in her nightie, Oh my God what a sightie (1894+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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