nillest

nil

[nil]
noun
1.
nothing; naught; zero.
adjective
2.
having no value or existence: His credit rating is nil.

Origin:
1805–15; < Latin nīl, variant (by apocope) of nīlum, contraction of nihilum nothing, equivalent to ni (variant of ne not) + hīlum trifle

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nil (nɪl)
 
n
another word for nothing: used esp in the scoring of certain games
 
[C19: from Latin]

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Word Origin & History

nil
"nothing," 1833, from L. nil, contraction of nihil, nihilum "nothing," from ne- "not" (see un-) + hilum "small thing, trifle," of unknown origin.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
NIL
nothing, I have nothing for you (shortwave transmission)
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