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or nighty

[nahy-tee] /ˈnaɪ ti/
noun, Informal.
Origin of nightie
1890-95; night(gown) + -ie Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for nightie
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  • Never mind, Allyn, sister will come in a few minutes and put your nightie on.

    Teddy: Her Book Anna Chapin Ray
  • Her nightie was a heap by her bed, the bed crumpled and empty.

    The Cricket Marjorie Cooke
  • Just as Flyaway, in her nightie, was having a frolic with Grace, there was a sound of wheels.

  • "It's my nightie," whispered Lottie, pointing to the bundle.

    The Mission of Janice Day Helen Beecher Long
  • The encore was uproarious: three times Baby Phyllis had to lift her little leg and strike the match on her nightie.

    Old Valentines Munson Aldrich Havens
  • Every time I finish a nightie, it means another baby can have a bath.

    The Red Rugs of Tarsus Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • Soon's we get him unwrapped an' laid out in his nightie, out go the lights and you get back in the corner.

    The Blind Lion of the Congo Elliott Whitney
  • I sat for another second in disconcerted silence, my needle, threaded with white silk, poised above the nightie.

    Miss Million's Maid Bertha Ruck
  • Wal, about a month before Lily an' me was fixin' up to get merried, she made me a nightie.

    Bunch Grass Horace Annesley Vachell
  • A small boy was hurried in his nightie across the street and kept till all danger had passed.

    A Backward Glance at Eighty Charles A. Murdock
British Dictionary definitions for nightie


noun (pl) nighties
(informal) short for nightdress
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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