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nixie1

[nik-see] /ˈnɪk si/
noun
1.
a letter or parcel that is undeliverable by the post office because of a faulty or illegible address.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; nix1 + -ie

nixie2

[nik-see] /ˈnɪk si/
noun, German Folklore.
1.
a female water spirit.
Origin
1810-20; < German Nixe (Middle High German nickese, Old High German nicchessa; see nix2), perhaps construed at time of borrowing as nix2 + -ie
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British Dictionary definitions for nixies

nixie

/ˈnɪksɪ/
noun
1.
(German myth) a female water sprite, usually unfriendly to humans
Word Origin
C19: see nix
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Word Origin and History for nixies

nixie

n.

"water fairy," 1816 (introduced by Sir Walter Scott), from German Nixie, from Old High German nihhussa "water sprite," fem. of nihhus, from Proto-Germanic *nikwiz (cf. Old Norse nykr, Old English nicor "water spirit, water monster," also used to gloss hippopotamus; Grendel's mother in "Beowulf" was a nicor), perhaps from PIE *neigw- "to wash" (cf. Sanskrit nenkti "washes," Greek nizo "I wash," Old Irish nigid "washes").

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Slang definitions & phrases for nixies

nixie

noun

A piece of mail that cannot be delivered because of damage, illegibility, etc (1885+ Post office)


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