from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Archaic A cowardly person; a wretch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a coward
  • adj. cowardly


Misreading of Middle English nithing, from Old English nīthing, from Old Norse nīdhingr, from nīdh, scorn.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • The wise practice careful considering,
    The timid delay in mere dithering;
    But who will not decide
    We rightly deride
    As weak and a pathetic niddering.

    April 8, 2015

  • coward; wretch

    December 12, 2008