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[niks] /nɪks/
noun
1.
adverb
2.
no1 (def 1).
interjection
3.
(used as an exclamation, especially of warning):
Nix, the cops!
verb (used with object)
4.
to veto; refuse to agree to; prohibit:
to nix the project.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; < German: variant of nichts nothing

nix2

[niks] /nɪks/
noun, plural nixes.
1.
(in Germanic folklore) a water spirit that draws its victims into its underwater home.
Origin
1825-35; < German Nix, Old High German nihhus; cognate with Old English nicor water monster, Old Norse nykr, Norwegian nøkk, Swedish näck; compare Sanskrit nenekti (he) washes
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  • nix suffers from cancer and heart and lung ailments and testified from a wheelchair rigged with an oxygen bottle.
  • Second, taking the bull by the hand, nix those mixed metaphors.
  • She can nix an economic reform or a disinvestment proposal if she has strong reservations.
  • Each chamber will only be allowed to okay or nix the bill, but will not be allowed to amend it.
  • In any one lineage, these changes work together to nix the development of the growing eyeball.
  • We don't see that, so nix the neutrons as dark matter speculation.
  • Four strong objectors and five moderately enthusiastic supporters will probably nix an idea.
  • And it would nix the current incentive for wealthier households to take on huge mortgages.
British Dictionary definitions for nix

nix1

/nɪks/
sentence substitute
1.
another word for no1 (sense 1)
2.
be careful! watch out!
noun
3.
a rejection or refusal
4.
nothing at all
verb
5.
(transitive) to veto, deny, reject, or forbid (plans, suggestions, etc)
Word Origin
C18: from German, colloquial form of nichts nothing

nix2

/nɪks/
noun
1.
(German myth) a male water sprite, usually unfriendly to humans
Word Origin
C19: from German Nixe nymph or water spirit, from Old High German nihhus; related to Old English nicor sea monster
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Word Origin and History for nix
n.

"nothing, none," 1789, from German nix, dialectal variant of nichts "nothing," from Middle High German nihtes, from genitive of niht, nit "nothing," from Old High German niwiht, from ni, ne "no" (see un-) + wiht "thing, creature" (cf. naught).

v.

"cancel, refuse, forbid," 1903, from nix (n.). Related: Nixed; nixing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for nix

nix

noun
  1. Nothing: wasn't taking her out here in the park for nix (1789+)
  2. A refusal; veto: if the Petrillo nix stands (1951+)
negation

No: I asked her for one and she said nix (1909+)

verb

To veto; reject: had been considering marriage but have apparently nixed the idea/ and he was afraid that might nix his CBS deal (1903+)

[fr German nichts, ''nothing'']


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Encyclopedia Article for nix

in Germanic mythology, a water being, half human, half fish, that lives in a beautiful underwater palace and mingles with humans by assuming a variety of physical forms (e.g., that of a fair maiden or an old woman) or by making itself invisible. One of three attributes may betray the disguises of nixes: they are music lovers and excellent dancers, and they have the gift of prophecy. Usually malevolent, a nix can easily be propitiated with gifts. In some regions, nixes are said to abduct human children and to lure people into deep water to drown. According to some sources, nixes can marry human beings and bear human children.

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