One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(especially in Tasmania) a troublesome or annoying person or thing, in particular a mischievous child.‘we laughed hysterically and generally behaved like puerile nointers’
- ‘Older generations typically criticize nointers, for their clothes, the music they listen to, the way they speak and the things they do.’
- ‘Did you ever see such a nointer in all your born days?’
- ‘“You come with me, you young nointer,” said Rudge.’
- ‘Hush, hush my Boy, you don't want t' be a Nointer and give the game away.’
- ‘"Mum's a Virgo too and I'm a..." She looks to me for the answer. “A nointer,” I laugh.’
- ‘Having to deal with other little nointers might give him more of an idea of how negative behaviour impacts upon others.’
- ‘Mrs Hoare, of Watlington, calls her grandchild a "'nointer" when she is troublesome and restless.’
- ‘Nervous systems are tricky little nointers!’
- ‘When little boys were being troublesome, here they were called "nointers".’
- ‘As for the kids, could getting the little nointers trackside be a way of propping up the state's struggling racing industry?’
Late 19th century: originally English dialect, from anointer ‘person who deserves an anointing’, i.e. a beating.
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