Dictionary: NIH – NN


• NIHILAGENT
n. 1579-80 obs. – one who does nothing

• NIKEY
adj. L17 sl. – foolish, simple
n. L17 sl. – a fool, a simpleton

• NIKIN
adj. L17 sl. – foolish, simple
n. L17 sl. – a fool, a simpleton

• NIKKIENOW
n. 1678 Sc. obs. – a term of reproach

• NIMB
n. 1896 Amer. dial. – a playing marble, esp. a small or cheap one  

• NIMBER
adj. 1849 obs. – active, nimble  

• NIMBIES
n. M20 US drug culture sl. – amphetamines, specifically Nembutal™ capsules  

• NIMBLE AS AN EEL IN A SANDBAG
adj. B1900 – as nimble as may be

• NIMBLE-CHOPS
n. 1614 obs. exc. Eng. dial. – a talkative person; a chatterbox  

• NIMBLE-HIPPED
adj. 19C sl. – active and agile in copulation  

• NIMBLE JACK
n. 1682 obs. – an elusive person

• NIMBY
n. 1950 drug culture sl. – a capsule of Nembutal™  

• NIMFADORO
n. 1600 obs. rare – an effeminate man

• NIMIOUS
adj. c1485 obs. – extravagant, excessive, over-much

• NIM KEEP
vb. c1250 obs. – to take or give heed, to take notice 

• NIMROD
n. 19C Brit. sl. – the penis  

• NIMSHI
n. 1848 Amer. dial. – a conceited fellow; a foolish fellow; a nincompoop; one who habitually acts in a foolish manner; a mischievous child   

• NIMSHOD
n. B1900 sl. – a cat  

• NIMSHY
n. 1. 1848 Amer. dial. – a blockhead; a foolish fellow; a mischievous child  
n. 2. Bk1913-17 Amer. dial. – a human being; a girl, a young girl

• NIMWIT
n. 1968 Amer. dial. – a dull, stupid person  

• NIN
n. 1958 sl. – a grandmother

• NINA
n. 1965 Amer. dial. – a woman’s breast  

• NINCETY-FINCETY
n. 1566 obs. – a trifling matter 

• NINCKER
n. 1969 Amer. dial. – the sound that a horse makes, a nicker  

• NINCOMPOOP
n. 1676 – a fool; an oaf; a jerk  

• NINE-EIGHT
n. 1990s US sl. – a 1998 Oldsmobile  

• NINE-EYED
adj. 1970s US college sl. – intoxicated  

• NINE-INCH KNOCKER
n. 17C sl. – the penis  

• NINE-MILE ANTS
n. L19 sl. – anything sustaining, whether to eat or drink  

• NINE-O’CLOCK BENDS
n. 1967 Amer. dial. – an imaginary disease  

• NINE-O’CLOCK BLUES
n. 1967 Amer. dial. – an imaginary disease

• NINETED
adj. 1856 Eng. dial. – of persons: thoroughly bad, wholly given up to evil courses; notorious  

• THE NINETEENTH HOLE
n. 1901 sl., orig. US – the bar-room in a golf club-house  

• NINETER
n. 1. 1884 Eng. dial. – a scapegrace, a mischievous fellow  
n. 2. 1885 Eng. dial. – a trickster, a sharp, crafty person  

• NINETING
adj. B1900 Eng. dial. – mischievous  

• NINETY-BIRD
n. B1900 Eng. dial. – a bad person; one who is given up to evil ways  

• NINETY-NINE
n. 1940s Aust. & US homosexual sl. – anal intercourse  

• NINETY-SIX
n. 1920s US homosexual sl. – homosexual anal intercourse  

• NINETY TO NOTHING
adv. c1950 Amer. dial. – very fast 

• NINETY WAYS TO DIXIE
adv. 1967 Amer. dial. – in all directions; in confusion  

• NINE WAYS FROM BREAKFAST
adv. 1910s sl. – in all sorts of ways; comprehensively  

• NINE WAYS TO SUNDAY
adv. 1910s sl. – in all sorts of ways; comprehensively  

• NINE WINKS
n. 1823 sl. – a few minutes of sleep during the day; a very brief nap  

• NINGLE
n. 1602 obs. – a close male friend or favourite; a confidant; also (derogatory), a subservient lover, especially a homosexual one
vb. 1659 obs. rare – to fondle or caress lovingly or intimately

• NING-NANG
n. 1. 1832 Eng. dial. – a worthless or troublesome person; an unreliable person; a silly or stupid person; a fool  
n. 2. B1900 Eng. dial. horse-coupers’ term – a sorry jade of a horse; a worthless thoroughbred

• NING-NONG
n. 1957 Aust. sl. – a fool, an idiot, an oaf  

• NINGUID
adj. 1656 obs. rare – snowy, covered in snow

• NINKOMPOOP
n. L17 sl. – a fool; an oaf; a jerk  

• NINNA
n. 1946 Amer. dial. – the female breast  

• NINNIES
n. 20C US sl. – the human breasts  

• NINNY
n. 1. 1533 – a fool; an oaf; a simpleton
n. 2. 1909 Amer. dial. – the female breast; breast milk  
n. 3. 1966 Amer. dial. – the sound that a horse makes; a whinny  

• NINNY-BROTH
n. 1696 sl. obs. – coffee

• NINNYHAMMER
n. 1592 – a stupid or weak-minded person; a simpleton, a fool

NINNY JUG
n. 1965 Amer. dial. – a woman’s breast  

NINNY-NANNYNINNY-NONNY
adj. 1865 Eng. dial. – foolish, weak-minded, childish; uncertain, of small account  
n. 1823 Eng. dial. – a silly, weak, or foolish person

NINNY-WATCH
n. 1746 Eng. dial. – a disturbance, a state of confusion, excitement or a longing expectation or desire; a vain hope; a quandary 
vb. 1866 Eng. dial. – to get into a state of confusion or excitement

• NINNY-WHOOP
n. 1653 obs. rare – a fool, a simpleton, a ninny

• NINT
vb. 1899 Amer. dial. – to beat severely

• NIP
n. 1. 1869 sl. – a small drink whisky or other liquor
n. 2. 1906 Amer. dial. – a piece of old blanket folded around the feet inside the shoe packs for warmth; hence, a sock  
n. 3. 1942 sl., mainly derogatory or offensive – a Japanese person
n. 4. M20 US sl. – a nipple  
vb. 1. c1560 sl., now US – to steal or snatch
vb. 2. 1919 sl., chiefly Aust. – to cadge money  
vb. 3. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – to intoxicate; to make dead drunk  

• NIP AND FRIZZLE
adv. 1968 Amer. dial. – just about equal; very close  

• NIP AND GO
adv. 1968 Amer. dial. – just about equal; very close  

• NIP AND TWITCH
vb. Bk1905 Amer. dial.- to walk with short mincing steps

• NIPCHEESE
adj. 1819 – mean, miserly, niggardly
n. 1. 1785 sl. obs. – a ship’s purser
n. 2. 1825 – a mean or miserly person; a parsimonious, covetous person; a skinflint

• NIPFARTHING
n. 1566 obs. – a mean miser; a skinflint; a niggardly person 

• NIPPER
n. 1. 1859 sl., chiefly Brit. – a child
n. 2. 1968 Amer, dial. – a tooth  

• NIPPERS
n. 1821 sl. – handcuffs

• NIPPERTY-TIPPERTY
adj. 1. 1817 Sc. – childishly exact, affectedly neat  
adj. 2. 1817 Sc. – of rhymes or tunes: quick and rattling in rhythm

• NIPPITATE
adj. 1600 obs. – of ale or other liquors: strong, good, prime
n. a1575 obs. – good ale or other liquor

• NIPPITY-NICE
adj. 1967 Amer. dial. – over-particular or fussy  

• NIPPITY-NIP
adj. 1953 Amer. dial. – equal, fifty-fifty  
adv. 1953 Amer. dial. – equally  

• NIPPITY-TUCK
adj. 1901 Amer. dial. – equal  
adv. 1901 Amer. dial. – evenly, equally, very close

• NIPPLING
n. 1969 Amer. dial. – a frost severe enough to damage vegetation susceptible to frostbite  

• NIPPY
n. 1. 19C Brit. sl. – the penis, esp. a child’s penis; a nickname for the penis  
n. 2. 1925 Brit. sl. – orig. a waitress in any of the restaurants of J. Lyons & Co. Ltd. London, and hence to any waitress  

• NIPPY-NOSE
n. B1900 Eng. dial. – a child’s name for the frost  

• NIPS
n. M20 US sl. – the nipples  

• NIP TIDE
n. 1899 Amer. dial. – neap-tide  

• NIRK
vb. 1861 Eng. dial. – to irk, to annoy, to harass, to weary  

• NISEY
adj. 1709 obs. – foolish, dull
n. c1684-6 obs. – a fool; a silly fellow; a simpleton; a dunce

• NIST
n. 1886 Sc. – a spark of fire, a live coal; a very small fire  

• NIS-WISE
adj. 1. 1790 Sc. – quick in perception; far-seeing  
adj. 2. 1790 Sc. – having or pretending to have an acute sense of smell

• NIT
adv. 1895 Amer. dial. – no  
int. 1895 Amer. dial. – no! definitely not!  
n. 1. 1588 colloq. – a nitwit; an oaf; a fool  
n. 2. 19C Sc. colloq. – a sexually loose woman, a prostitute  

• NITCHIE
adj. 1979 Amer. dial. – naked  
n. 1850 Can. sl., usually derogatory – a Native American

• NITENT
adj. 1616 obs. rare – shining, lustrous

• NITERIE
n. 1934 US sl. – a nightclub  

• NITHERTY-NOTHERTY
adj. 1895 Eng. dial. – all of a tremble  
n. B1900 Eng. dial. – a simpleton

• NITNAME
n. 1991 Amer. dial. – a nickname  

• NITPICKER
n. 1951 sl., orig. US – a pedantic or captious critic  

• NITRO
n. 1935 sl. – nitroglycerine  

• NITTERET
adj. 1866 Sc. – ill-natured, sulky-looking, crusty  

• NITTERIE;  NITTERY
adj. 1825 Sc. – peevish, crabbed, cantankerous, irascible, given to sharp caustic talk  

• NITTIE
adj. 1892 Sc. – miserly, stingy, niggardly  

• NITTO!
int. 1959 criminals’ sl. – be quiet!; also, stop! desist!  

• THE NITTY-GRITTY
n. 1963 sl., orig. US – the most crucial or basic aspects of something; the core of truth

• NITTY-NATTER
vb. B1900 Eng. dial. – to be always complaining  

• NITWIT
n. 1914 sl. – a simpleton, a moron, a fool  

• NITWITTEDNESS
n. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – stupidity  

NITWITTISM
n. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – stupidity

NIVVIL
n. 1. 1874 Sc. – a handful; a small quantity  
n. 2. Bk1905 Sc. – anything small and puny  

NIX
adv. 1909 Amer. dial. – no  
int. 1928 Amer. dial. – no! definitely not!  
n. 1789 UK sl. – nothing, no  
vb. 1903 US sl. – to reject, to deny  

NIXER
n. 1994 Irish sl. – work undertaken outside normal work, usually without an employer’s knowledge  

NIXIE
adv. 1894 Amer. dial. – no  
int. 1894 Amer. dial. – no! definitely not!  
n. 1890 US railway mail clerks usage – an incorrectly addressed letter  

NIXIES
n. 1978 US sl. – a female undergarment with a cut-out crotch permitting vaginal sex while otherwise clothed

NIXIOUS
adj. 1623 obs. – white as snow, snowy

NIXON’S REVENGE
n. 1976 US Citizens’ band radio sl. – an American Ford car  

NIXURIATE
vb. 1623 obs. – to endeavour, to attempt

NIXY
adv. 1894 Amer. dial. – no  
int. 1894 Amer. dial. – no! definitely not!

NIYAMAN
n. 1950s W. Indies – a Rastafarian

NIZE
adj. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – nice  

NIZY
adj. L17 sl. – foolish, dull
n. L17 Brit. sl. – a fool; an oaf; a dunce  

NIZZ
n. 1788 Sc. – the nose  

NIZZEL
n. 2001 African-American sl. – a close friend  

NIZZEY
n. 1788 Sc. – the nose  

NIZZIE
adj. L17 sl. – foolish, dull
n. L17 sl. – a fool; a dunce. a soft-head; an oaf

NIZZLE
n. 2001 African-American sl. – a close friend  

NKALAFAKER
n. 2003 S. Afr. teen sl. – a person who is not so much to be admired as was originally thought; a confidence trickster  

NKALAKATHA
n. 2003 S. Afr. teen sl. – a trustworthy person  


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Updated: September 8, 2022