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

  • n. Mythology A water sprite of German mythology, usually in human form or half-human and half-fish.
  • n. Nothing.
  • adv. Not so; no.
  • transitive v. To forbid, refuse, or veto: Congress nixed the tax hike.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A treacherous water-spirit; a nixie.
  • n. : nothing.
  • v. To make something become nothing; to reject or cancel.
  • v. To destroy or eradicate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • One of a class of water spirits, commonly described as of a mischievous disposition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Teut, myth., a water-spirit, good or bad. The Scotch water-kelpie is a wicked nix. Also written nis.
  • n. Nothing; as an answer, nothing; also, by extension, as adverb, no.
  • n. See the quotation.
  • An exelamation of alarm used by thieves, street Arabs, and others: as, nix, the bobby! (policeman).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a quantity of no importance
  • v. command against

Etymologies

German, from Middle High German nickes, from Old High German nihhus.
German dialectal, from Middle High German nihtes, genitive of niht, from Old High German niwiht : ni, not, no; see ne in Indo-European roots + wiht, thing; see wekti- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German nix, colloquial form of nichts ("nothing"). Compare also Dutch niks ("nothing"), informal for niets ("nothing"). More at naught. (Wiktionary)

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