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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English nillen, from Old English nillan, nellan, nyllan (to be unwilling, refuse, prevent; not want to), corresponding to ne +‎ will. Cognate with Old Frisian nelle.

VerbEdit

nill (third-person singular simple present nills, present participle nilling, simple past nilled or (obsolete) nould, past participle nilled)

  1. (modal auxiliary, obsolete) To be unwilling; will not (+ infinitive).
  2. (intransitive, archaic) To be unwilling.
  3. (transitive, archaic) To reject, refuse, negate.
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Compare Irish and Gaelic neul star, light. Compare nebula.

NounEdit

nill

  1. Shining sparks thrown off from melted brass.
  2. Scales of hot iron from the forge.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)