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never mind {{wikipedia}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: never, mind
  2. (imperative) It is not important; do not fret; used to reassure or comfort the person to whom it is said. I'm afraid I’ve broken your mug. — Never mind, it was old and I was going to throw it away. Did you fall over and hurt your knee? Never mind, I’ll put a bandage on it.
  3. (imperative) Do not be concerned (about someone or something, or about doing something). Never mind about me — you go and I’ll join you later. Here’s some money for you. Never mind about paying me back; you can keep it.
  4. (imperative) Indicates a withdrawal of a previous statement. You're a fool. — What did you call me? — Never mind.
  5. (idiomatic) Let alone; much less. They wouldn't go near that place, never mind spending an entire day there.
Synonyms: (It is not important) forget about it, forget it
neverthriving etymology never + thriving. Included in a list of collective nouns in the , published in 1486.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (very, rare, often, humorous) A group of juggler.
never-wozzer etymology
  • respelling of never + was + -er. Compare has-been
Alternative forms: never-waser, never-was-er, never-wasser
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, informal) Someone who has never achieved anything [in a particular field], who has had an unsuccessful career
  • {{seeCites}}
Synonyms: failure, nonentity
nevvy Alternative forms: nevey, nevvie, neffy, nevy {{defdate}} etymology From Middle English neve, nevi, from Old English nefa, and Old Norse nefi; both from Proto-Indo-European *nefô, from Proto-Indo-European *nepoter-, *nepo-. More at neve.
noun: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial, UK dialectal) A nephew.
  2. (UK dialectal) A grandson.
New Agey Alternative forms: New-Agey etymology New Age + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Pertaining to, or suggesting, New Age beliefs.
newb etymology Shortened from newbie. Sometimes a more derogatory term to scold others for their inexperience in any given activity. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /njuːb/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet slang, leet, sometimes, pejorative) A newbie; someone that is new at a game, or has a new character.
    • {{quote-video }}
    That guy must be a newb at this game. He has no idea how to play.
  2. (Internet slang, pejorative) when said of an experienced player, an admonishment from another experienced player that the first player has made a beginner's or careless mistake. You fell right into that trap - you newb!
newbie {{wikipedia}} etymology Origin uncertain: perhaps an alteration of newie with intrusive (compare freebie), possibly a {{blend}}, or perhaps a shortening of new boy or new beginner. Very likely originated in Newfoundland, where the term 'new boy' is quite common, and sounds like 'newbie' when spoken. pronunciation
  • /ˈnjuːbi/, /ˈnuːbi/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A newcomer, someone new to something. {{defdate}}
  2. (Internet) A new user or participant; someone who is extremely new and inexperienced (to a game or activity). A beginner.
  • {{seeCites}}
The term "newbie" was greatly popularized with the advent of the Internet, but was in use before then. Synonyms: noob, n00b, novice, newcomer, newling, rookie, See also
  • knowbie
new-car smell
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (informal) A characteristic odor caused by the combination of chemical and material in a new automobile.
    • 1996, Jack R Nerad, The complete idiot's guide to buying or leasing a car Does that mean you shouldn't buy a new car? Not at all — although if you're not hung up on new car smell and the virginal feel of a pristine motor car, you might find a used car is a better bargain.
    • 2004, Lindsay Price, Competition Monologues Did you know new car smell can kill you? New cars are filled with new car toxic fumes.
    • 2008, Charles Martin, Down Where My Love Lives Who would want new car smell when you can have Maggie's gardenias?
  2. (figurative) A perception of freshness or novelty.
    • {{quote-news}} "I think the American people, you know, they're going to want – you know, that new car smell. You know, their own – they want to drive something off the lot that doesn't have as much mileage as me," he said.
new chum etymology From new + chum.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, archaic) A newly arrived convict.
  2. (Australia) A beginner, a novice.
  3. (Australia, chiefly, dated, mildly, derogatory) A newly arrived and inexperienced immigrant; a newcomer.
    • 1906, , In the Roaring Fifties, 2005, Gutenberg eBook #17045, ‘New chum?’ queried the barman, after serving him. ‘I suppose I am,’ replied Jim. ‘Look here, would you mind telling me what in the devil′s name a new chum is?' ‘A new chum is a man fresh from home.’ ‘From England?' ‘Scotland, Ireland, anywhere else, if he′s green and inexperienced. Miners from the Californian fields don′t rank as new chums.’ 'And how am I known as a new chum?’ The barman grinned. ‘That′ll tell on you all over the place,’ he said, indicating the bag. ‘That′s a true new chum′s bundle. No Australian would expatriate himself by carrying his goods in that fashion. He makes them up in a roll, straps them, and carries them in a sling on his back. His bundle is then a swag. The swag is the Australian′s national badge.’
    • 1915, Norman Duncan, Australian Byways, [http//|%22new+chums%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22new+chum%22|%22new+chums%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bg-_T9KPIO6aiQfu4sWeCg&redir_esc=y page 44], Once, said he, a new chum came to the jarrah bush. A new chum is a tenderfoot, specifically an English tenderfot; he is, of course, the butt of every bush and mining camp in Australia.
    • 1990, John Lane, Fairbridge Kid, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, [http//|%22new+chums%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22new+chum%22|%22new+chums%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bg-_T9KPIO6aiQfu4sWeCg&redir_esc=y page 114], Being a new chum at Fairbridge meant that I had to go through a lengthy period of initiation all over again.
    • 2004, Humphrey McQueen, A New Britannia, University of Queensland Press, Fourth edition, [http//|%22new+chums%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bg-_T9KPIO6aiQfu4sWeCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22new%20chum%22|%22new%20chums%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 11], This acceptance applies to ‘new chums’ in Australia as well as the folks at Home. Much of the evidence that Australians disliked ‘new chums’ comes from Alexander Harris who, as a ‘new chum’ himself, was quite well treated by the ‘old hands’. The emphasis of colonial disdain was on the ‘new’ rather than the ‘chum’.
Synonyms: (beginner) See also , (newly arrived immigrant)
  • (inexperienced new arrival) currency lad, old hand
newchurch etymology new + church.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pejorative) Describing Christians or forms of Christianity seen as being marked by liberalism, influence from modern concepts and trends, novelty etc. and disregard for established or traditional beliefs and practices.
    • 1987, Fidelity, Volume 7, Wanderer Forum Foundation The capture of middle and senior management positions in Catholic education by newchurch trendies has a parallel in government education circles.
    • 1987, Fidelity, Volume 7, Wanderer Forum Foundation ... fanned by applause and encouragement from the secular media and fueled by the newchurch rhetoric
    • 1987, J. Haynes and J.F. Archibald, The Bulletin, Issues 5585-5593 ... irrespective of the training college being Newchurch modernist, moderate, conservative or traditional.
    • 1999, New Oxford Review, Volume 66, American Church Union Let us keep them from being bullied by "newchurch" priests or intimidated by disapproving co-religionists.
New Democrat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Canada, politics) a member of the New Democratic Party
Synonyms: (abbreviation) NDPer, (colloquial) Dipper
newfag etymology new + fag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (internet, slang, derogatory) A n00b; an inexperienced member of the 4chan community (or any other online community).
  • oldbie, oldfag (sometimes offensive)
newfangled Alternative forms: new-fangled etymology new + fangled. See fangle pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˌnjuːˈfæŋ.ɡəɫd/
  • (US) /ˌnuˈfæŋ.ɡəld/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (usually, derogatory or humorous) Contemptibly modern, unfamiliar, or different. newfangled electronic gadgets that cost a lot and do little
Newfie etymology From Newfoundlander
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Canada, informal, sometimes construed as pejorative) A native or inhabitant of the island of Newfoundland.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or pertaining to Newfoundland.
related terms:
  • Newfie joke
Newfie joke etymology Canadian. Newfie + joke
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Canada, informal) A brief, humorous, often ridiculous story, the tone of which may range from playful to deeply offensive, which depicts Newfoundlander as rustic, unsophisticated, or lacking in intelligence.
    • 1979, R. S. Tallman, "Canadian Folklore" (review of Folklore of Canada by Edith Fowke, McClelland & Stewart, 1976), The Journal of American Folklore, vol. 92, no. 364, p. 231: Gerald Thomas, one of the finest folklore scholars in Canada today, contributed a Newfie joke collection.
Newfoundland {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈnjuːˌfaʊnd.lənd/, /ˈnjuː.fənd.lənd/, /ˈnjuː.fənd.lænd/
  • (US) /ˈn(j)uˌfaʊnd.lənd/, /ˈn(j)u.fənd.lənd/, /ˈn(j)u.fəndˌlænd/, /ˈn(j)uˌfaʊnd.lænd/
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A large island off the coast of eastern Canada, which, along with Labrador, has composed the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador since 1949.
  2. (informal) The Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Synonyms: the Rock
related terms:
  • Newfie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A Newfoundland dog, a very large breed of working dog from Newfoundland, with a shaggy, usually black coat, known for its water rescue ability, strength, and gentle disposition.
Synonyms: Newf
Newfoundland speed bump
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Canada, humorous) A moose, especially one which is in a roadway.
    • 1992 Aug. 16, Jack Schnedler, "On the Edge in Newfoundland," Chicago Sun-Times, p. 1: [W]e bought a widely sold poster with the caption "Newfoundland Speed Bump" above the photograph of an ornately antlered bull moose halting traffic.
    • 2009, Eric Harris, "Editor's notebook: To the Tablelands," Canadian Geographic, vol. 129, no. 5, p. 9: He pitched his first freelance feature to Canadian Geographic . . . a cover story about the province's plaguelike overpopulation of moose, also known as Newfoundland speed bumps.
New Guinea {{wikipedia}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A large Oceanian island in the Pacific Ocean, north of Australia, whose territory is divided between Indonesia in the west and Papua New Guinea in the east.
  2. (historical) the northern part of what is now called Papua New Guinea, formerly administered as a separate territory to Papua.
  3. (informal) the nation more properly referred to as Papua New Guinea.
newhalf {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: new half etymology From Japanese ニューハーフ 〈nyūhāfu〉, from ハーフ 〈hāfu〉 (i.e. half-male, half-female), from English.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable, slang) A transgender woman with male genitalia, a pre-op or non-op male-to-female transsexual.
newie etymology new + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Something new release, such as a song or film.
    • {{quote-news}}
  • oldie
newish etymology new + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Somewhat new
  • whines
Newkie Brown etymology Shortening with diminutive -ie.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Newcastle Brown Ale
new math {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: New Math etymology From the dramatic change in teaching practices for mathematics in the 1960s in America.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) The methodology used to arrive at an unreasonably incorrect answer for a math calculation. She quickly calculated the tip to be $45.00 on the restaurant tab of $110.50, apparently using new math.
new school Alternative forms:
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, idiomatic) A style, way of thinking, or method for accomplishing a task that is typical of the current era, as opposed to former eras.
  • Often used attributively, as an adjective.
  • clown shoe
newser etymology news + er?
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (media, slang) a press conference
  • renews
  • resewn
newsfeed etymology news + feed
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet) A feed, especially one providing news content.
newsfroup etymology Likely originally a typographical error for newsgroup.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet slang, humorous) A newsgroup.
newsgroup {{wikipedia}} etymology news + group
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A repository on a computer network where people can post message, usually about a single subject.
    • 2003, Sven Junghagen, Henrik C. J. Linderoth, Intelligent Management in the Knowledge Economy Some of the users are 'old timers'; they have been around in the newsgroup for several years…
Synonyms: froup, newsfroup (humorous)
newsgrouper etymology newsgroup + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A user of Internet newsgroup.
Synonyms: Usenetter
newspaperish etymology newspaper + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (humorous) Overly professionalist; palpably mechanical in execution
  2. Prone to using overly cliché phrases in excess.
related terms:
  • newspaper
  • newspaperishness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) The quality of being newspaperish.
newspaperism etymology newspaper + ism
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, derogatory) The attitudes and stylistic approach of newspaper; being lowbrow and sensationalistic, etc.
newsy etymology news + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Containing lots of news; informative.
  2. Chatty, gossipy.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A distributor of news; a newsagent.
new up etymology The keyword new creates an object in C++ and derived languages.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (computing, informal, transitive) To create an object by calling its constructor.
    • 2000, Robert C. Martin, More C++ gems If an exception occurs trying to new up bar1 or bar2, the TFoo part of the object won't have changed...
    • 2003, "Jonathan Hoyle", Pointers? (on Internet newsgroup comp.lang.basic.realbasic) So you just new up the object you want and once its internal reference count drops to 0, the language deletes it (during a free time as a background thread).
New York {{wikipedia}} etymology New + York (city in northern England, from Latin Eboracum). pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /nuː ˈjɔɹk/
  • {{audio}}
  • (UK) /njuː ˈjɔːk/
  • (NY) /nuː ˈjɔək/ [ɲɔək] [nɪ ˈjɔək]
  • {{audio}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. The largest city in New York State, a metropolis extending into neighboring New Jersey state New York is a former capital of the USA.
  2. A state of the United States of America and former colony The capital of New York is Albany, not New York City.
Synonyms: (state) the Empire State, New York State, NY, NYS, State of New York, (city) Big Apple (informal), New Amsterdam (historical), New York City, NY, NY, NY, NYC, City of New York, New York, New York
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of a style, particularly of food, originating in New York.
    • 2004, Jeffrey Taylor, A Gentlemen Drunk, ISBN 097270471X, page 52 Alcoholism is a disease and an illnes. Its insanity has revented me from finding my Higher Power, good coffee, intoxicating chocolate, and a New York delicatessen here in Utopia.
  • wonkery
New York City {{wikipedia}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. New York City is the largest city in the United States of America. It consists of five boroughs: Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. The city is situated on the Atlantic Coast at the mouth of the Hudson River in the northeastern state of New York. Lagos and New York City are both the largest cities in their respective countries.
  2. Manhattan.
New York City may alone refer to the one borough or island of Manhattan but usually refers to the entire city spanning all five boroughs. The city’s official name is New York but is commonly referred to as New York City (NYC); the City of New York; or New York, New York (NY, NY), in order to distinguish it from New York State. Synonyms: The Big Apple (informal), Gotham (informal; coined by Washington Irving in 1807)
  • 1971, Carol King and Toni Stern, “Where You Lead”, Tapestry, Ode Records I always wanted a real home with flowers on the window sill, But if you want to live in New York City, honey, you know I will.
  • 2007, Pulitzer Prize winning author Frank McCourt recently described New York City as, “an urban oasis of togetherness and a beacon of man’s compassion toward fellow man.”
Newzak etymology {{blend}}, coined by Malcolm Muggeridge.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) news report aiming to entertain more than to inform
    • 1979, Malcolm Muggeridge, Things past (page 209) These pundits intone Newzak like priests each evening, every now and again breaking off for a 'message', this being the consumer aspect of Newzak…
    • 1985, Architectural Digest (volume 42, page 33) …they go on, mile after mile, with ever more tarmac opening before them, and their radio alternating between Muzak, a melange of tunes, and Newzak, a melange of news items, both geared to counteracting anything in the nature of thought.
    • 2003, Richard Hack, Clash of the titans (page 473) The thrust of the news service was unbiased reporting and presenting the complete picture. Critics reported that despite its claims, Fox News had not found a way to reinvent the news. Rather, it merely added to the saturation level. Newzak.
    • 2008, John Simpson, Not Quite World's End (page 421) The recording must exist somewhere in the vast archives of the BBC, but it wasn't particularly enlightening as far as Mugabe's negotiating position was concerned, and the report I based on it was one of those Newzak pieces…
New Zealandress etymology New Zealander + ess pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare) A female New Zealander.
    • {{quote-book }}
    • {{quote-news}} Being an easily enfranchised New Zealandress, I found myself lodged midway between the two camps…
    • {{quote-book }}
    • {{quote-book }}
  • New Zealander
  • flax-stick (informal)
  • Kiwi (informal)
  • sheepshagger (offensive)
related terms:
  • New Zealand
next thing one knows Alternative forms: next thing I know, the next thing I know, next thing you know, the next thing you know
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) suddenly, out of the blue.
    • {{quote-news}}
    • 1998, Al Rapaport, Buddhism in America He had three fingers on one hand because one of them had been shot off, and he'd sit there doing this and next thing you know, out would come this three-dimensional folded cage or a box or cranes or snails. Really remarkable.
nexus {{wikipedia}} etymology From Latin nexus, from nectō. pronunciation
  • /ˈnɛksəs/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. a form of connection
  2. a connect group
  3. the centre of something
The Latin plural form (written nexûs or nexūs) is sometimes used in academic discussions of process philosophy (see {{pedialite}}). Synonyms: bond, link, tie
  • unsex
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (Canada) Newfoundland and Labrador, a Canadian province.
  2. (slang), Not Frat; denoting things counter to the culture of Greek life, particularly in the Southern United States
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (US) National Formulary, is a book of public pharmacopeial standards.
  2. (US, aviation) Prefix code for NASA research fighter plane designations.
  3. (Unicode) normalization form
  • fn , FN
acronym: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. {{defn}}
  1. (US, slang) no fucking good (or, bowdlerized, no freaking good). This mark is written on an object to identify it as unusable, having failed inspection, and so on. Often seen in manufacturing environments and the U.S. military.
  • FNG
  • NGF
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (Internet) No Fucking (Freaking) Idea; Expresses lack of knowledge on the subject matter
  2. No Further Information; Expresses lack of knowledge on the subject matter
  3. (slang) Not fucking invited.
    • 2011, Marina Hyde, The Guardian, 23 Apr 2011: Speaking of the guest list, though, it is most disappointing to find some of the third tier European princelings unable to hide their bitterness at being NFI.
  • f***in', fin
etymology 1 See nib
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of nib
etymology 2 {{etystub}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, UK) An important or self-important person.
    • {{quote-journal}}
    • Banner bearers: tales of the suffrage campaigns‎, page 345, Oreola Williams Haskell, Ida Husted Harper, 1920, “Betsey Reed, Her Nibs, was just as witty and quaint as usual, sitting in state in her wheel chair and dominating everything and everybody.”
    • {{quote-news}}
    • A game with dice‎, page 59, Michael Arnold, 2004, “"Your Nibs," I panted, "I am sent by the machine gunner man to tell you that ... "Please don't call me Your Nibs, and knock before you come in next time,”
  2. (slang, UK, dated, 19th Century) Self.
  3. (cribbage) a jack turned up by the dealer. (see also nob) Two for his nibs.
  • bins
  • ISBN
  • snib
Nica etymology From Spanish nica.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Nicaraguan.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A Nicaraguan.
This term is often used in Costa Rica as a pejorative, but many Nicaraguans also refer to themselves this way.
nice Alternative forms: nyc (non-standard)
etymology 1 From Middle English nice, nyce, nys, from Old French nice, niche, nisce, from Latin nescius; compare nescire, from ne + scire. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /naɪs/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete) Silly, ignorant; foolish. {{defdate}}
  2. (now rare) Particular in one's conduct; scrupulous, painstaking; choosy. {{defdate}}
    • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays}}, II.2: There is nothing he seemed to be more carefull of than of his honesty, and observe a kinde of decencie of his person, and orderly decorum in his habits, were it on foot or on horsebacke. He was exceeding nice in performing his word or promise.
    • 1999, Joyce Crick, translating Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams, Oxford 2008, p.83: But if I dispense with the dreams of neurotics, my main material, I cannot be too nice {{transterm}} in my dealings with the remainder.
  3. (obsolete) Particular as regards rule or qualities; strict. {{defdate}}
    • 1818, Jane Austen, Persuasion: Good company requires only birth, education and manners, and with regard to education is not very nice. Birth and good manners are essential.
  4. Showing or requiring great precision or sensitive discern; subtle. {{defdate}}
    • 1914: Saki, : "It's her own funeral, you know," said Sir Lulworth; "it's a nice point in etiquette how far one ought to show respect to one's own mortal remains."
    • 1974, Lawrence Durrell, Monsieur, Faber & Faber 1992, p.131: It would be a nice theological point to try and establish whether Ophis os Moslem or gnostic.
    • 2006, Clive James, North Face of Soho, Picador 2007, p.242: Why it should have attained such longevity is a nice question.
  5. (obsolete) Doubtful, as to the outcome; risky. {{defdate}}
    • 1598, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 1, IV.1: To set so rich a maine / On the nice hazard of one doubtfull houre? It were not good.
    • 1822, T. Creevey, Reminiscences, 28 Jul.: It has been a damned nice thing - the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life.
  6. Respectable; virtuous. {{defdate}} exampleWhat is a nice person like you doing in a place like this?
  7. Pleasant, satisfactory. {{defdate}}
    • 1998, Baha Men - Who Let the Dogs Out? When the party was nice, the party was jumpin' (Hey, Yippie, Yi, Yo)
    • 2008, Rachel Cooke, The Guardian, 20 Apr.: "What's difficult is when you think someone is saying something nice about you, but you're not quite sure."
  8. Of a person: friendly, attractive. {{defdate}}
  9. With "and", having intensive effect: extremely. {{defdate}} exampleThe soup is nice and hot.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 8 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “We toted in the wood and got the fire going nice and comfortable. Lord James still set in one of the chairs and Applegate had cabbaged the other and was hugging the stove.”
  • 1710, Jonathan Swift, The Examiner (1710–1714) No. XIV I have strictly observed this rule, and my imagination this minute represents before me a certain great man famous for this talent, to the constant practice of which he owes his twenty years’ reputation of the most skilful head in England, for the management of nice affairs.
  • 1930, H.M. Walker, The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case Here's another nice mess you've gotten us into.
  • 1973, Cockerel Chorus, Nice One, Cyril! Nice one, Cyril!
Sometimes used sarcastically to mean the opposite or to connote excess. Synonyms: (easy to like: person) charming, delightful, friendly, kind, lovely, pleasant, sweet, (easy to like: thing) charming, delightful, lovely, pleasant, (having a pleasant taste or aroma) appetising/appetizing, delicious, moreish (informal), scrummy (slang), scrumptious (slang), tasty, (subtle) fine, subtle
  • (easy to like: person) horrible, horrid, nasty
  • (easy to like: thing) horrible, horrid, nasty
  • (having a pleasant taste or aroma) awful, disgusting, foul, horrible, horrid, nasty, nauseating, putrid, rancid, rank, sickening, distasteful, gross, unsatisfactory
  • (respectable; virtuous) naughty
related terms:
  • nicety
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (colloquial) Nicely. Children, play nice. He dresses real nice.
interjection: {{en-interj}}!
  1. Used to signify a job well done. Nice! I couldn't have done better.
  2. Used to signify approval. Is that your new car? Nice!
etymology 2 Name of a Unix program used to invoke a script or program with a specified priority, with the implication that running at a lower priority is "nice" (kind, etc.) because it leaves more resources for others.
verb: {{en-verb}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (transitive, computing, Unix) To run a process with a specified (usually lower) priority.
  • cien
nice as pie
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (simile, colloquial) Very nice.
niceish etymology nice + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Somewhat or rather nice.
  2. (informal) Quite nice.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, dated) nicety {{rfquotek}}
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nichey etymology niche + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) niche; not mainstream but serving a narrow market or audience
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nick {{wikipedia}} etymology From a variation of nock. Compare German Knick; German knicken. Also partly from Middle English nicken, nikken, an intensive form of Old English hnīgan, from Proto-Germanic *hnīganą, *hnīwaną, from Proto-Indo-European *kneygʷʰ-, from *ken-. Cognate with Old Frisian hnekka, Dutch nikken, German nicken, Danish nikke, Swedish nicka. The sense "point in time", "point marked" is from a conflation of the "notch" and the "wink" (i.e. "moment") senses. pronunciation
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  1. A small cut in a surface.
    1. (now rare) A particular point or place considered as marked by a nick; the exact point or critical moment. in the nick of time
      • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays}}, II.20: Truely he flies when he is even upon the nicke, and naturally hasteneth to escape it, as from a step whereon he cannot stay or containe himselfe, and feareth to sinke into it.
      • Howell to cut it off in the very nick
    2. (printing, dated) A notch cut crosswise in the shank of a type, to assist a compositor in placing it properly in the stick, and in distribution. {{rfquotek}}
  2. Meanings connoting something small.
    1. (cricket) A small deflection of the ball off the edge of the bat, often going to the wicket-keeper for a catch.
    2. (real tennis) The point where the wall of the court meets the floor.
    3. (genetics) One of the single-stranded DNA segment produced during nick translation.
  3. (archaic) A nixie, or water-sprite.
    • 1879, Viktor Rydberg, The Magic of the Middle Ages (p.201) …imps, giants, trolls, forest-spirits, elves and hobgoblins in and on the earth; nicks, river-sprites in the water, fiends in the air, and salamanders in the fire.
  4. {{short for}} a user's reserved nick on an IRC network
  5. (UK, slang) In the expressions in bad nick and in good nick: condition. The car I bought was cheap and in good nick.
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  6. (British, slang) A police station or prison. He was arrested and taken down to Sun Hill nick [police station] to be charged. He's just been released from Shadwell nick [prison] after doing ten years for attempted murder.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To make a nick or notch in; to cut or scratch in a minor way. I nicked myself while I was shaving.
    1. To make a cross cut or cuts on the underside of (the tail of a horse, in order to make the animal carry it higher).
    2. (transitive) To mar; to deface; to make ragged, as by cutting nicks or notches in.
      • Prior And thence proceed to nicking sashes.
      • Shakespeare The itch of his affection should not then / Have nicked his captainship.
  2. To suit or fit into, as by a correspondence of nicks; to tally with.
    • Camden Words nicking and resembling one another are applicable to different significations.
    1. To hit at, or in, the nick; to touch rightly; to strike at the precise point or time.
      • L'Estrange The just season of doing things must be nicked, and all accidents improved.
    2. To throw or turn up (a number when playing dice); to hit upon.
      • 1773 , Oliver Goldsmith , She Stoops to Conquer , My old luck: I never nicked seven that I did not throw ames ace three times following.
    3. (transitive, cricket) to hit the ball with the edge of the bat and produce a fine deflection
  3. (obsolete) To nickname; to style.
    • Ford For Warbeck, as you nick him, came to me.
  4. (transitive, slang) To steal. Someone's nicked my bike!
  5. (transitive, British, slang) To arrest. The police nicked him climbing over the fence of the house he'd broken into.
nickable etymology nick + able
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Capable of being nick (given a small cut or clip).
    • 1951, John Wyndham, Pawley's Peepholes He drove right at, and through, the platform. It began to move, but I'd have nicked it myself, had it been nickable.
    • 2004, Jason Boyett, A Guy's Guide to Life (page 121) Armpits are soft and tender and highly nickable. And sure, guys have a lot of face to shave, but that acreage doesn't compare to shaving two whole legs.
  2. (UK, slang) Liable to be stolen.
    • 2007, Libby Purves, A Little Learning (page 65) Meanwhile, the trade will have to make them [laptops] much, much cheaper, without compromising the screen: even at £500 a time they would be too nickable to walk home from school with.
nickel {{elements}} etymology From Swedish nickel, an abbreviation of German kupfernickel, from koppar + Nikolaus due to the deceptive silver colour of the relatively valueless ore. Compare cobalt as related to kobold. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈnɪk.əl/
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  1. (uncountable) A silvery elemental metal with an atomic number of 28 and symbol Ni.
  2. (US, Canada, countable) A coin worth 5 cent.
  3. (US slang, by extension) Five dollars.
  4. (US slang, by extension) Five hundred dollars.
  5. (US slang, sometimes'' the nickel or the hot nickel) Interstate 5, a highway that runs along the west coast of the United States.
  6. (slang) A playing card with the rank of five
  7. (US slang) A five-year prison sentence.
related terms:
  • kupfernickel
  • niccolite
  • nife
  • nitinol
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To plate with nickel.
nickel and dime {{was wotd}} Alternative forms: nickel-and-dime etymology From the names of two US coins of small value. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˌnɪkəl ən ˈdaɪm/
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  1. (US, idiomatic, colloquial) Small time; operating on a small scale; involving small amounts of money; petty or cheap. I bought my new ride from some nickel and dime used-car salesman. Don't waste your time with that; their operations are nickel and dime.
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  1. (US, idiomatic, colloquial) To charge, or be charged, several unexpected small amounts of money, often in the form of fee, taxes, or related expenses to a venture, which when taken as a whole add up to a significant unexpected cost. I got nickel and dimed to death by the phone company's sneaky extra charges. It seems like a great offer, but they will just nickel and dime you until you've spent more than retail anyway.
  2. (US, idiomatic, colloquial, figuratively) To wear down in small increments; to quibble or obsess endlessly with (someone) over trifle.
noun: {{head}}
  1. (US, slang) Fifteen years.
nickel nurser pronunciation
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  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) A miser.
nicker pronunciation
  • /ˈnɪkə(r)/
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etymology 1
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) Pound sterling. This coat cost me 50 nicker.
Synonyms: (pound sterling) pound (standard), pound sterling (standard), quid (slang), sov (slang)
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A soft neighing sound characteristic of a horse.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make a soft neighing sound characteristic of a horse.
Synonyms: neigh, whinny
etymology 3 nick + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, slang) One of the night brawler of London formerly noted for break window with halfpence. {{rfquotek}}
  2. The cutting lip which projects downward at the edge of a boring bit and cuts a circular groove in the wood to limit the size of the hole that is bored.
nick off Alternative forms: knick off
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (AU, slang) To leave, especially in a hurry.
    • 1961, Nene Gare, The Fringe Dwellers, Text Classics 2012, p. 338: ‘I got somethin ta tell ya. Young Trilby's knicked off.’
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (UK, Australian) Go away! fuck off
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (linguistics) noun inanimate dependent
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang) pound sterling, quid
  • din , DIN
  • D'ni
  • ind., Ind., in d., IND
niece fucker etymology From niece + fucker.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) Motherfucker (generic term of abuse).
    • 2002, observer, Re: Amputee jailed for raping niece, 12 Group: soc.culture.malaysia He is insulting Prophet mohd. (Mohammad Mohamed Said,) change his name to smith or somethig similar and kick the niece fucker off islam
    • 2007, fat, Re: Heeeeeerrrrreeees Johnny the Commie Group: alt.war.vietnam Now pay attention here you pig ignorant niece fucker
    • 2007, David R Ke, Re: What the Fuck? Group: soc.veterans Honu are you bill clarke the niece fucker
    • 2001 Alex Cain, Incest in RSPW? Re: one hell of a gimmick Group: You keep dreaming, niecefucker
    • 1998, ak4, Re: В.Новодворская: На см ену февралям приходят октябр Group: soc.culture.russian I guess the reason is that you niecefucker never considered Russia as …
  2. (literally, vulgar) One who engages in incestuous sex with a niece
niffy pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Having a bad smell.
Synonyms: (having a bad smell):
  • (standard): fetid, stinking
  • (colloquial/slang): pongy, stinky, whiffy
, (standard): fetid, stinking, (colloquial/slang): pongy, stinky, whiffy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The perineum.
Synonyms: See also .
nifty pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Good, smart; a general term for anything that is good, useful or beneficial.
nig etymology Shortening of nigger. pronunciation
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  1. (offensive, racial slur) nigger
    • 1959, Don Robertson, The three days He always thought one step ahead of the nigs.
    • 1961, Robert Hale Strong, A Yankee private's Civil War In a field near the house was a nigger working a poor old broken-down mule and another nigger sowing wheat. When we came up, both nigs quit work and stared at us.
    • 1967, Frank Hercules, I want a black doll What part did she play in your marrying a nig — a black man — nig, nig — Negro?
  • gin, ing
Nigel etymology English form of Latin Nigellus, from nigellus, diminutive of niger, used in the Middle Ages to Latinize Norman Néel or Gaelic Neil. pronunciation
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  1. A given name, of mostly British usage.
    • 1822 , The Fortunes of Nigel, Chapter XXIII, 'I thought, sir,' answered Nigel, with as much haughtiness as was consistent with the cool distance he desired to preserve, 'I thought I had told you, my name was Nigel Grahame.' His eminence of Whitefriars on this burst into a loud, chuckling, impudent laugh, repeating the word, till his voice was almost inarticulate, - 'Niggle Green - Niggle Green - Niggle Green! why, my lord, you would be queered in the drinking of a penny pot of Malmsey, if you cry before you are touched.'
  • ingle
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australian, pejorative, usually restricted to youths) A person, usually male, who is unpopular with their peer, unfashionable, socially awkward and/or introverted. He's such a Nigel: Hangs around in the library all day, by himself
Synonyms: Nigel-no-friends, Nige
Nigel no friends
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) An individual who has few or no close friend.
    • 2003, Peter Moore, Swahili for the broken-hearted: Cape Town to Cairo by any means possible Instead I was feeling like a Nigel-No-Friends, alone and forgotten.
    • 2007, Tammy Manie, Someone For Everyone In fact, he could be so mean to the others in the pet store they would often call him "Nigel No Friends" when he wasn't listening...
Alternative forms: Nigel no-friends, Nigel No Friends
nigga etymology From nigger, coming from which are . pronunciation
  • /ˈnɪɡə/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (ethnic slur, vulgar, slang, often considered offensive, African American Vernacular English) Diminutive, and less offensive version of nigger. Can be a term of endearment such as "You're my nigga!".
  • See usage notes at nigger.
related terms:
  • nizzle
  • aging
nigga please etymology Faux AAVE (African American Vernacular English).
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (chiefly, US, humorous or very, offensive) Assertion that someone does not know what they are talking about; talk to the hand.
niggardly {{wikipedia}} etymology From niggard + -ly. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈnɪɡədli/
  • (US) /ˈnɪɡɚdli/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (now rare) Withholding for the sake of meanness; stingy, miserly.
    • Bishop Hall Where the owner of the house will be bountiful, it is not for the steward to be niggardly.
    • 1919, , , They were not niggardly, these tramps, and he who had money did not hesitate to share it among the rest.
    • 1958, , The Affluent Society (1998 edition), ISBN 9780395925003, p. 186: This manifests itself in an implacable tendency to provide an opulent supply of some things and a niggardly yield of others.
Synonyms: miserly, stingy., See also
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (now rare) In a parsimonious way; sparingly, stingily.
    • {{RQ:RBrtn AntmyMlncly}}, New York 2001, p.105: because many families are compelled to live niggardly, exhaust and undone by great dowers, none shall be given at all, or very little […].
  • This term may cause offence as it is easily misinterpreted to be an adverbial form of the racial epithet nigger.''[ Racist Language, Real and Imagined]'', Steven Pinker. February 2, 1999. The New York Times (editorial). The two words are etymologically unrelated.
nigger {{wikipedia}} etymology Ultimately from Latin niger. Several Romance languages (Spanish, Portuguese, many Italian dialects) have the word "negro" meaning "black" (in colour) derived from the Latin "niger", while French has noir, its nègre being borrowed from Spanish and likewise Italian has nero from Latin and negro from Spanish. During the period in America's history when black workers were shipped to America to work as slaves, this word came to be adopted from the Hispanic South American languages to describe a person of dark skin. Essentially, a "negro" person simply means a "black" person. Through constant repetition of the Spanish word in the American accent, it seems likely that the word was corrupted from "negro" to "niggero" to simply "nigger". pronunciation
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  1. (offensive, ethnic slur, now vulgar, see usage notes) A dark-skinned person, especially a person of, or primarily of, Negro descent; a black person.
    • {{RQ:Twain Huckleberry}} It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger; but I done it, and I warn't ever sorry for it afterwards, neither.
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  2. (offensive, ethnic slur, vulgar slang) A person of Negro descent who acts in an unapproved manner, usually as an archetypical badass.
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  3. (African American Vernacular English) Informal term of address.
    • 2002, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, "Loaded Language", a review of Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word by Randall Kennedy, Washington Post, Sunday, January 13, 2002; Page BW06, I had overheard him greet a buddy who called him on the phone with "Yo, nigger, what's up?"
  4. (now offensive) A fish, the luderick.
  5. (archaic, electrical) An impurity in the covering of an electrical conductor which serves to make a partial short circuit, and thus becomes sufficiently heated to burn and destroy the insulation.
    • 1892, Western Electrician (volume 11, page 72) Now to locate the portion of the machine which contains the "nigger."
  6. (UK, Cornwall, fishing, archaic) Holothuria nigra, the cotton spinner.
  7. (archaic) A black caterpillar, the larva of the turnip sawfly.
  8. (archaic) A strong iron-bound timber with sharp teeth or spike protruding from its front face, forming part of the machinery of a sawmill, and used in cant log, etc.
  9. (archaic, US) A steam-capstan on some Mississippi river boats, used to haul the boat over bars and snags by a rope fastened to a tree on the bank.
    • Goldenseal (volume 9, page 20) Well, it's a big heavy line, and you operate the nigger — capstan it's also called — by steam. You wrap your line around that and keep taking in the slack, and that draws up them things.
  • The word "nigger" is one of the most offensive swear word in the English language, especially in the United States. In a study by Kristy Beers Fägersten, Americans rated nigger the most offensive word, more offensive than cunt.Kristy Beers Fägersten ''A sociolinguistic analysis of swear word offensiveness'' (2007) A study by New Zealand's Broadcasting Standards Authority found that nigger was the second-most offensive word in New Zealand (after cunt), offending 66% of people,[ What Not to Swear] and a similar study by several British broadcasting organizations found that "nigger" offended 68% of Brits and was the fifth most offensive swear word in the UK (after cunt, motherfucker, fuck, and wanker).[ "Delete expletives?"]
  • There have been efforts by those of African descent to reclaim the word (especially in the form nigga), but these efforts are controversial, and some people do not believe it is able to be reclaimed, due to its fraught history and continued derogatory usage. Usage by non-blacks is almost invariably highly offensive.
  • "Nigger" has derogatory connotations, suggesting not only darkness of skin, but general lack of intelligence; it is furthermore associated with the era of white colonization of Africa and enslavement of Africans and African Americans.
  • To blunt its force, the word is frequently censored in direct quotations or euphemistically referred to as the "n-word".
Synonyms: (derogatory term for dark-skinned person) blackie, coon, darkie, gator bait, groid, jigaboo, jungle bunny, kaffir, macaca, nig-nog, porch monkey, shitskin, spade, spearchucker, spook, tarbaby
related terms:
  • negro
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, dated) To clear land by laying light pieces of round timber across the trunks of the trees and setting fire to them at the point of contact, by which means the trees are slowly burned through.
    • 1844, J. W. Dunbar Moodie, The Ould Dhragoon; or, a visit to the beaver meadow Literary garland, Lovell & Gibson, volume 2, page 360: … he resorted to the practice of “niggering,” as it is called: which is simply laying light pieces of round timber across the trunks of the trees and setting fire to them at the point of contact; by which means the trees are slowly burned through.
    • 1914, Indiana State Teachers Association. History Section, Readings in Indiana history, Indiana University, page 171: The operation was this: they placed smaller logs and dry rubbish across the log and applied fire to them; this was called “niggering”.
    • 1956, Joseph Kirkland, Zury: the meanest man in Spring County: a novel of western life, University of Illinois Press, pages xii and 40: Zury constructs a crude fence by niggering off the trees and dragging them into position. … All day long his axe rang through the frosty air as he felled saplings for the fence and stripped them from fuel for the “niggering” fires.
    • 1980, Elaine Hedges, William Hedges, Land and imagination: the rural dream in America, Hayden Book Co., page 69: This means subduing and taming the forest itself—the central drama of The Fields—performing the hard labor of hacking the trees and “niggering” and burning the butts in order to get to the rich black soil underneath.
  2. (intransitive, offensive) To behave as a stereotypical black person.
    • 1989, Reynolds Price, The surface of earth, Ballantine Books, page 120: His father said, “Niggering, I was niggering about. You knew that surely.”
    • 2007, George Hovis, Vale of Humility: Plain Folk in Contemporary North Carolina Fiction, Univ of South Carolina Press, page 86: Forrest’s rediscovery of his father coincides with his discovery that old Robinson’s “niggering around” produced at least one child of mixed race.
    • 2008, Joe Ambrose, Gimme Danger: The Story Of Iggy Pop, Music Sales Group: I mean he was niggering. Niggering out, grabbing at my leg and microphone cord. I said, ‘Stop that you damn nigger!’ and that takes guts!
  3. (uncommon, transitive, offensive) To treat as inferior.
    • 1997, Joe Frisch, [http//|niggering#aa686c688a878c0b Anglo-US relations under a Blair Government],, January 18 The gated community is a powerful tool in the systematic and sustained niggering of local 3rd-world communities - namely, in the book, the Hispanic (mostly wetbacK{{sic}}) community
    • 1999, Jeff Welch, [http//|niggering#54cc84552990d630 Who is McGuyver and why was he "niggered?"], seattle,general, December 3 > He is on TV saying that he was "abused" by the police and treated like a nigger.
    • 2003, Mob Attacks Palestinian Pollsters Who Told The Truth, soc.retirement, July 16 Why would many Paletinians want to return to a land where they would be "niggered" for the benefit of the Israelis as the present Palestinian population is
  • ginger, Ginger
niggeration etymology nigger + ation
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (offensive, ethnic slur) The quality of being niggerized.
    • 1974, Ernest Brawley, The Rap, link: Uncle Big Arv marched them out into the Isolation Yard and after a little racial disturbance out there, a few minutes of niggeration
    • 1981 April, Ebony, volume 36, number 6, page 16: Ben Vereen, you ought to be tarred and feathered for the egotistical, insensitive, stereotypical niggeration of yourself and all Black people …
    • 2009, Susan Calhoun, Freeway Close, page 43: The niggeration of America.
Synonyms: niggerization
niggerbabble etymology nigger + babble
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) Any dialect spoken by black people.
Synonyms: niggerese (derogatory)
niggerbitch etymology nigger + bitch
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (ethnic slur, offensive) A black woman.
    • 1987, Stephen King, The Drawing of the Three (page 283) She remembered everything: how she had fought them, how they had tied her into her chair, how they had taunted her, calling her niggerbitch, niggerbitch.
    • 2005, Loyd Skiles, Truck'n A fat little fucker buying a Ben And Jerry's Ice Cream was talking to a niggerbitch in line as I was buying a coke…
niggercide etymology From nigger + cide.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (offensive, rare) The killing of a black person.
niggerdick etymology nigger + dick
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, ethnic slur) A man with very large penis, especially a white man
  2. (ethnic slur, offensive) A contemptible person
    • 2003, John Domini, Talking Heads, page 77 You and this niggerdick up the ass you call a city.
niggerdom etymology nigger + dom
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sometimes, offensive) The realm or sphere of nigger.
Synonyms: niggerhood, niggerness
niggerese etymology nigger + ese
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) Any dialect spoken by black people.
    • 1981, Maya Angelou, The heart of a woman "He speaks Spanish, but it could be niggerese." John waited until the voices fell.
    • 1992, Clay Reynolds, Franklin's crossing His drawl lengthened into pure Plantation Niggerese, and he winced with the pain of trying not to speak that way. He knew better, he told himself.
    • 2004, Stanley Crouch, Don't the Moon Look Lonesome These bitches would fuck a beer bottle if it was black and it could talk some niggerese.
niggeress etymology nigger + ess
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, offensive) A black woman; a negress.
    • 1864, Henry Mayhew, German Life and Manners as Seen in Saxony at the Present Day Poor thing ! why whenever I thinks of that there female niggeress, and what she went through with us, it does pain me to turn my eyes back and look on it...
    • 1922, Hugh Lofting, Voyages of Doctor Dolittle‎ Myself, I think it was an albino niggeress. She had red hair and the biggest feet you ever saw. But Bumpo was no end pleased with her...
    • 1974, Folsom Prison, Echoes off the Walls That niggeress Joann Something is pregnant and she been locked up for nine months...
  • egressing
niggerfaggot etymology nigger + faggot pronunciation
  • /ˈnɪɡə(ɹ).ˈfæɡət/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (highly offensive, vulgar, ethnic slur) A contemptible person, especially a gay or black man.
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niggerfied etymology nigger + -fy + -ed
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (offensive, ethnic slur) Brought into niggerdom; converted to the ways or norms of nigger.
    • 1918, Elizabeth Robins, Camilla But now she was addressing Mrs. Trenholme in a drawling, niggerfied English …
    • 1999, Barbara E. Smith, Neither Separate Nor Equal: Women, Race, and Class in the South (page 48) They knowed the Melungeons, like the Cherokees had let runaway slaves hide out amongst them. This with their dark skin was enough to make our grandpappies see pretty plain that the Melungeons was a niggerfied people.
    • 2004, Denise Fillyaw, Water Sign (page 237) I finally called the Lionel Show, and was fortunate that this intelligent, not loud or niggerfied, college educated black woman answered.
niggerfucker Alternative forms: nigger-fucker etymology nigger + fucker.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (highly derogatory, ethnic slur) A black person.
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  2. (highly derogatory, ethnic slur) One who has sexual intercourse with black people.
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niggerfuxated etymology From nigger, fuck, -ate, and -ed.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) Ruined by black people.
    • 2003, "William J. Wolfe", Hey Liberals! I Thought POVERTY Caused Crime, Isn't That Your Lie? (on newsgroup soc.culture.african.american) Look at Detroit, Chicago, DC, Baltimore, Gary, LA...the list of niggerfuxated cities goes on and on.
    • 2004, "Reb Biker", Liberal Radio off the air AGAIN!!! (on newsgroup alt.flame.niggers) Anyone who would cast their lot with an outfit named "Multicultural News Radio", and expect their venture to NOT be niggerfuxated, deserves to go down in flames for being stupid.
    • 2005, "Affirmative Action", One Niggerfuxated Housing Project Gone! Hooray! (on newsgroup alt.flame.cincinnati)
    • 2006, "DR. FESTLER", Obama for president! (on newsgroup Hundreds of UN muhfuggas were dispatched to several areas of the isolated, niggerfuxated territory to control the spread of the nigger herd.
related terms:
  • niggerfuxation
niggerfuxation etymology From nigger, fuck, -ation.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) Ruination by black people.
    • 2002, (unknown author), SICKKKENING LIBERAL PUSSYBABBLE! (on newsgroup atl.general) White people can afford to stand by NO LONGER, and watch our land succumb to niggerfuxation, city by city. We must secure the existence of our people…
    • 2004, (unknown author), Ending hate in Israel (on newsgroup alt.flame.niggers) These actions should correct the racial imbalance and begin the niggerfuxation of joorael.
    • 2006, "Raptorman", French teacher "send"jewish student to furnace, oi !!! (on newsgroup soc.culture.israel) Look at your cities they have become cesspools of niggerfuxation.
related terms:
  • niggerfuxated
nigger gallery
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated (chiefly 1840s), historical, offensive) peanut gallery
niggergram etymology nigger + gram
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, offensive, ethnic slur) The informal circulation of gossip by black people.
    • 1974, Fiction (volumes 3-5, page 7) Porke is unaware of the fact that one of his most trusted slaves, through niggergrams, is keeping the four informed of Porke 's every move.
    • 2006, Pamela Mordecai, Pink Icing and Other Stories (page 32) Truth to tell, the niggergram can always count on Pansy and the boys.
    • 2007, Raoul Pantin, Days of Wrath: The 1990 Coup in Trinidad and Tobago From the gunmen all over that television station that Friday night, there was almost a running commentary, a grapevine, a constant up to date “niggergram,” to use the Trinidad word, on events at the Red House downtown …
niggerhead {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: nigger head etymology From nigger + head, reflecting a supposed resemblance to a black person's head.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical, dated, now offensive) A bollard made from an old cannon.
  2. (geology, archaic, colloquial, now offensive) A geode.
  3. (now offensive) A coneflower.
  4. (now offensive) An isolated part of a coral reef.
    • 1989, Rachel Louise Carson, Jeffrey S. Levinton, The Sea Around Us, page 135: Landward is the almost unbroken wall of submerged reefs where the big niggerhead corals send their solid bulks up to within a fathom or two of the surface.
  5. (US, Alaska, dated, now offensive) A tussock (clump of plant material), found on tundra.
    • 1912, Appalachia, volume 12, page 51: These plants fill the interstices between the grasses and tiny shrubs that make the outer, fuller form of the niggerhead.
    • 1991, Peter A. Coates, The Trans-Alaska Pipeline Controversy, page 108, Responsible in large part for the difficulties of movement to which the geologists referred were tussocks, still known as “niggerheads” in the 1930s. The “niggerhead,” according to Bob Marshall, “among the gifts of nature, ranks as the most cursed.…”
    • 2004, James Campbell, The Final Frontiersman: Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska's Arctic Wilderness, page 65, Much of the land is tundra, a mass of spongy, waterlogged clumps of sphagnum moss called tussock, muskeg, hummock, or in the vernacular of old-time Alaskans “niggerheads.”
    • 2006, Kit Cain, Flying The Yukon's Bush, page 30, From the air, the bright green grassy floor of the tundra looks as smooth as a golf course fairway, but a closer inspection reveals peaty tussocks of crabgrass called niggerheads spaced just far enough apart for a foot to twist clumsily between. Walking on the frost-formed niggerheads is very much akin to walking across a gymnasium floor covered by thousands of glued-in-place softballs.
    • 2012, Otis Hammonds, As the Hawks... Free of Earth's Bounds, Xlibris, unnumbered page, This sloshing was compounded by the fact we were unable to keep in step with each other due to the many and various sized niggerheads (hard tussocks in tundra) that would attempt to roll from under us as if one was stepping on balls ranging in size from softballs to basketballs, with each step if unable (most of the time we could not) to avoid.
  6. (archaic) A strong black variety of chew tobacco, usually in twisted plug form.
nigger heaven
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated (chiefly 1870s), historical, offensive) peanut gallery
    • 1911: , One Way Out: A Middle-Class New-Englander Emigrates to America, page 8 (Small, Maynard & Company) It took close figuring to do anything but live that first year and yet we pushed our way with the crowd into the nigger heavens and saw most of the good shows. I had never been to the theatre before and I liked it.
    • 1965: Melvin Beaunorus Tolson, Harlem Gallery, volume 1, page 53 (Twayne) The golden meanof the dark wayfarer's way betweenblack Scylla and white Charybdis, Ihave traveled; subdued ifs in the way;from vile-canaille balconies and nigger heavens, seenday beasts and night beasts of preyin the disemboweling pits ofEurope and America,in the death-worming bowels ofAsia and Africa;and, although a Dumb Ox (like young Aquinas), Ihave not forgotthe rainbows and the olive leaves against the orient sky.
niggerhood etymology nigger + hood
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sometimes, offensive) The state or period of being a nigger.
    • 1972, George E Kent, Blackness and the adventure of Western culture‎ But this time, black literature will be pressed to meet also the cry that is abroad for images of a positive niggerhood.
    • 2001, Steve Yarbrough, Visible spirits‎ He still believed that folks who held a fortune could rise above niggerhood.
Synonyms: niggerdom
nigger in the woodpile
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (offensive) A hidden motive, influence or factor; a concealed (potential) snag; something suspicious.
niggerish etymology nigger + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) Like or characteristic of a nigger.
    • 1866, The Atlantic Monthly: So when I say that my Auntie's piety was not of the niggerish kind...
    • 1886, Michael Magaul & Eli Robinson McCall, No-history Versus No-war or The Great Tootle Rebellion Exposed, p. 261: [T]hey should specially avoid the fanatics who … have temporarily changed a federal republic into a sort of niggerish monarchy or empire …
    • 1958, "Talking About", Jet, Vol. 14, No. 3, p. 47: She told him in her native Virginia mountain-area dialect: "That's what ah said. Ah don't like these niggerish places."
    • 2002, Loretta I Winters, Herman L DeBose, New faces in a changing America: In a voice dripping with sarcasm, Bernhard related, "Mariah's been getting a little niggerish on us... she been seeing those rap stars..."
Synonyms: niggery
  • gingerish
niggerishness etymology niggerish + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (offensive, ethnic slur) The quality of being niggerish.
    • 1997, Dewayne Wickham, Thinking Black Too many of us have escaped through the eye of the needle and when we look back we see only niggerishness, which spurs us to put even more distance between ourselves and our people.
    • 2007, Robert Reid-Pharr, Once you go Black: choice, desire, and the Black American intellectual (page 131) I have continued in this vein by arguing that even when the black subject turns pathological, becomes the bad black, his antisociality, his niggerishness, once again does the important work of demonstrating that he is removed from the main currents of modern society …
niggerism etymology nigger + ism
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, dated, derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) Political support for black people.
    • 1976, William Fletcher Thompson, The History of Wisconsin Their black support confirmed the charge of "niggerism" and helped the Democrats turn the widespread Negrophobia to their account.
    • 1988, Philip M Seib, Who's in Charge? The spot quoted a Klan official saying, "In Alabama, we hate niggerism, Catholicism, and Judaism."
  2. (countable, dated, derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) Something characteristic of nigger.
    • 1970, Claude McKay, Banjo He loved their tricks of language, loved to pick up and feel and taste new words from their rich reservoir of niggerisms.
    • 1975, Daniel J Leab, From Sambo to Superspade: the Black experience in motion pictures But as it was, not until the 1940s did the industry begin to depart significantly from the stereotypes with their "insulting niggerisms"...
  • gingerism
niggerization etymology nigger + ization
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (offensive, ethnic slur) The usually systematic act of dehumanizing black people.
    • 2008, David Hilliard, The Black Panther Party: service to the people programs The basic goals of niggerization were to promote white greed and hatred...
    • 2009, Cornel West, Hope on a Tightrope: Words and Wisdom What are the conditions under which black people will straighten their backs? How do you shake the niggerization out of black people?
  • 1980, Piare Lal Sharma, India betrayed: First, there was urgent need for indentured labour, then the need to keep this labour force permanent; the denial of education at first, and later such facilities were made available but on the condition of proselytization and indoctrination, deculturization, dehumanization and niggerization.
Synonyms: niggeration
  • deniggerization
niggerize etymology nigger + ize
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, racial slur, offensive) To subject to niggerization.
    • 1971, Nicholas M. Regush, The Drug Addiction Business (page 126) It's difficult to view only the addict as "sick" when a "normal" society is rotting: with racial conflict, with increasing poverty, with a school system niggerizing potentially creative minds, with obscene military spending and war aggression …
  • deniggerize
niggerless etymology nigger + less
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (offensive, ethnic slur) Without a nigger or niggers.
    • Wade The question will be, shall we give niggers to the niggerless, or lands to the landless?
    • 1838, Edgar Allan Poe, A Predicament Dogless, niggerless, headless, what now remains for the unhappy Signora Psyche Zenobia?
    • 1988, John Kenny Crane, The Yoknapatawpha Chronicle of Gavin Stevens (page 240) Jason Compson, now motherless and niggerless but not Benjy-less [1933], converted the old Compson place into apartments and sold it to a local man as a boarding house, renting one apartment back in which to house Benjy …
niggerlike etymology nigger + like
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) Resembling or characteristic of a nigger.
    • 1855, Francis Colburn Adams, Our World: Or, The Slaveholder's Daughter … now he listens to mine host as he recounts the strange absence of the preacher, pauses and combs his long red beard with his fingers, looks distrustfully, and then says, with a quaintness that disarmed suspicion, "Niggerlike! — preacher or angel, nigger will be nigger! …
Synonyms: niggerish
  • gingerlike
niggerling etymology From nigger + ling; a diminutive of nigger.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, offensive, ethnic slur) A young or small black person.
    • 1981, Ronald Firbank, Five Novels (New Directions Publishing), page 142: 'Yes, missey,' the niggerling acquiesced, bestowing a slow smile on Snob and Snowball, who had accompanied him into the room.
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Synonyms: niglet
niggerlips etymology nigger + lips, in reference to the stereotype that black people have large lips.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (plurale tantum, offensive, ethnic slur) A person, especially a black person, with large lips.
nigger lover
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, taboo, ethnic slur) Someone who like or tolerate negro, especially a white person seen as weak.
  • The amorous sense of lover is absent.
niggerly etymology nigger + ly
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) Niggerlike.
    • 1885, James Hogg, ‎Florence Marryat, London Society (volume 47, page 289) a nice, clean, tidy, healthy little city, with a native population neither so thoroughly niggerly, nude and nidorous as it was when my lines were cast there.
    • 1988, Aldon Lynn Nielsen, Reading Race And again: to be niggerly is not necessarily to be niggardly. It is niggerly for instance to single out Fannie Stearns Davis for dispraise, but it can't be called niggardly to name nobody else in the world but to praise them.
    • 1988, Adrienne Kennedy, Adrienne Kennedy in One Act (page 10) He was a wild black beast who raped my mother. … Ever since I can remember he's been in a nigger pose of agony. He is the wilderness. He speaks niggerly groveling about wanting to touch me with his black hand.
  • gingerly
niggerness etymology From nigger + ness.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sometimes, offensive) The state or period of being a nigger.
Synonyms: niggerdom, niggerhood

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