Main definitions of nix in English

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nix1

pronoun

informal
  • Nothing.

    ‘apart from that, nix’
    • ‘Apparently their trade value had sunk to nil, nix, nothing at all.’
    • ‘The South Americans have enjoyed way the greater possession but have done nix with it.’
    • ‘He has got the point of what the administration could have done to prevent the attacks - nix.’
    • ‘Already I have two people signed up beneath me and one of them has recruited, but I have nix, nada, zip in the way of genuine customers.’
    • ‘The Australians were able to pull down intellectual property information from the Internet and print it for nix.’

exclamation

informal
  • Expressing denial or refusal.

    ‘‘I owe you some money,’ ‘Nix, nix.’’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]North american
informal
  • Put an end to; cancel.

    ‘he nixed the deal just before it was to be signed’
    • ‘But the city nixed both ideas, which sent everybody back to the drawing board.’
    • ‘Nothing demonstrates the continuing leftward tilt in the Democratic Party more clearly than the makeup of the new City Council, which will negotiate budgets with the mayor and pass or nix his legislation.’
    • ‘Could it be a little well-timed revenge for the court's nixing his wife's plea agreement?’
    • ‘No wait, nix that, I'm already about to be reminded what I had for lunch.’
    • ‘Plans to construct the largest US embassy in the world in Baghdad should be nixed immediately, and we should lease space or purchase an existing building.’
    • ‘That means nixing his more loyal lieutenants in favor of Christopher.’
    • ‘The UN and the Saudis had lined up several countries to contribute troops, and the interim Iraqi government was on board - but the deal was nixed at the last minute by the Americans.’
    • ‘It also nixed another ad promoting vegetarianism.’
    • ‘So before your workouts, nix the stretching and instead do light cardio for 10 minutes.’
    • ‘The voices of reason (that's you guys) were pretty much in favor of nixing the hamster/gerbil idea.’
    • ‘It had hoped that by firmly nixing the treaty, it would force everyone back to the drawing board to negotiate a new approach.’
    • ‘He said he had wanted to ask me out on a date when he was between marriages, but nixed the idea because my job made me too intimidating.’
    • ‘The Commission's proposals also nix the possibility of computerizing a method or technique that was already known or the computer implementation of a business of similar method.’
    • ‘Now's the time to refine yourself, perhaps by nixing the gossip.’
    • ‘There were three boxes of juvenile cereals, and she'd nixed each one.’
    • ‘And that's what makes nixing the negative behavior so hard.’
    • ‘He left the company shortly after the sale was nixed.’
    • ‘Bell's regulatory guys told me it was not Texas that nixed the deal.’
    • ‘There were no quiet sighs of relief when the deal was nixed?’
    • ‘In fact, there's a rumor that the former president wanted to include his favorite sweet, a fresh, cream-filled cupcake, but the idea was nixed by Hillary.’
    wreck, ruin, spoil, disrupt, undo, upset, play havoc with, make a mess of, put an end to, end, bring to an end, put a stop to, terminate, prevent, frustrate, blight, crush, quell, quash, dash, scotch, shatter, vitiate, blast, devastate, demolish, sabotage, torpedo
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Origin

Late 18th century (as a noun): from German, colloquial variant of nichts nothing.

Pronunciation:

nix

/nɪks/

Main definitions of nix in English

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nix2

noun

rare
  • A water sprite.

    • ‘The three most common are the grigs, nixies and pixies.’
    • ‘Langgaard, apparently was inspired by the legend of nixes, male sirens of the woodland, if you will, who lure travelers to a watery death with their violin-playing.’
    • ‘She finds him dragged down into the depths by sea-creatures who are an amalgam of classical nereides and the malicious nixies and mermaids of northern folklore.’
    sprite, pixie, elf, imp, brownie, puck
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Origin

Mid 19th century: from German; related to the archaic English word nicker, denoting a water demon believed to live in the sea.

Pronunciation:

nix

/nɪks/

Main definitions of nix in English

: nix1nix2nix3

nix3

exclamation

British
informal, dated
  • Used as a signal or warning that a person in authority is approaching.

Origin

Mid 19th century: perhaps from the phrase keep nix ‘to watch, guard’(see nix).

Pronunciation:

nix

/nɪks/