Last modified on 19 May 2014, at 22:37
See also: näit, naît, and NAIT

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English naiten, nayten, from Old Norse neita, later variant of Old Norse níta (to deny, refuse), from Proto-Germanic *niitjaną (to say 'no', deny, refuse), from Proto-Germanic *ne (no, not). Cognate with Icelandic neita (to deny), Danish nægte (to deny), Old English nǣtan (to annoy, afflict, press upon, trample upon, crush, subdue, injure, destroy). More at nyte, nay.

VerbEdit

nait (third-person singular simple present naits, present participle naiting, simple past and past participle naited)

  1. (transitive) To refuse; deny; disclaim.

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English naiten, nayten, from Old Norse neyta (to use, employ), from Proto-Germanic *nautijaną (to use), from Proto-Indo-European *newd- (to acquire, make use of). Cognate with Icelandic neyta (to make use of, employ). Related also to Icelandic nýta (to use, make use of), Old English nēotan (to use, make use of, have the use of, have the benefit of, enjoy, employ). More at note.

VerbEdit

nait (third-person singular simple present naits, present participle naiting, simple past and past participle naited)

  1. (transitive) To use; employ.
  2. (transitive) To go over; recite; repeat.
  3. (reflexive) To exert oneself.

Etymology 3Edit

From Middle English naite, from Old Norse neyte, neyti (use), from Proto-Germanic *nautiz (use).

Alternative formsEdit

NounEdit

nait (plural naits)

  1. (UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Use; profit; foredeal; advantage.
  2. (UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Use; end; purpose.

Etymology 4Edit

From Middle English nait, nayt, from Old Norse neytr (in good order, fit, fit for use), from Proto-Germanic *nautiz (useful, helpful). Compare Old English nyttol (useful).

AdjectiveEdit

nait (comparative naiter or more nait, superlative naitest or most nait)

  1. (UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Useful; good at need; fit; able.
  2. (UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Quick and effective; deft; skilful.
  3. (UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) In good order; trim; tidy; dainty; clean.
Derived termsEdit

FinnishEdit

VerbEdit

nait

  1. Second-person singular indicative present form of naida.
  2. Second-person singular indicative past form of naida.

AnagramsEdit


FrenchEdit

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VerbEdit

nait

  1. third-person singular present indicative of naitre

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Tok PisinEdit

EtymologyEdit

English night

NounEdit

nait

  1. night
    • 1989, Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin, Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, Genesis 1:5 (translation here):
      Tulait em i kolim “De,” na tudak em i kolim “Nait.” Nait i go pinis na moning i kamap. Em i de namba wan.
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