One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounEnglish Regional, Scottish, Northern
Annoyance, trouble; suffering, distress, sadness.
A unit of perceived noisiness.
Middle English; earliest use found in Arthour and Merlin. Partly aphetic from annoy, and partly directly from Anglo-Norman nui, nouy, nuye<br>1950s. Shortened from noise.
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