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nim1

[nim] /nɪm/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), nimmed, nimming. Archaic.
1.
to steal or pilfer.
Origin of nim1
900
before 900; Middle English nimen, Old English niman, cognate with German nehmen, Old Norse nema, Gothic niman to take; cf. numb

nim2

[nim] /nɪm/
noun
1.
a game in which two players alternate in drawing counters, pennies, or the like, from a set of 12 arranged in three rows of 3, 4, and 5 counters, respectively, the object being to draw the last counter, or, sometimes, to avoid drawing it.
Origin
1900-05; special use of nim1
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  • When we arrived at the tavern door, we found there nim Porter's trotting buggy with his stub-tailed gray.

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  • I venture to add, with all possible energy of asseveration, that I did that thing, nim.

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  • nim Porter offers an even bet of one thousand dollars on the result, and is willing to increase it to ten.

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  • And thereupon these trusty friends went straight to nim Porter's bar.

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  • The shesham, the sal, the pipal and the nim are vivid with fresh foliage.

  • Looking down the lines of hungry labourers for nim's duplicate face, it was absent, though he had seen it a-field.

    Cedar Creek Elizabeth Hely Walshe
British Dictionary definitions for nim

nim

/nɪm/
noun
1.
a game in which two players alternately remove one or more small items, such as matchsticks, from one of several rows or piles, the object being to take (or avoid taking) the last item remaining on the table
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from archaic nim to take, from Old English niman
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Word Origin and History for nim
v.

"to take, to steal" (archaic), Old English niman "to take, accept, receive, grasp, catch" (cf. Old Frisian nima, Middle Dutch nemen, German nehmen, Gothic niman; see nimble). The native word, replaced by Scandinavian-derived take (v.) and out of use from c.1500 except in slang sense of "to steal," which endured into 19c.

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