An example of nill is when a horse refuses to walk forward.
Origin of nillMiddle English nillen ; from Old English nyllan ; from ne, not (see no) + willan (see will)
aux.v.Past tense nol·de
transitive verbnilled or nolde, nil·ling, nills
Origin of nillMiddle English nilen, from Old English nyllan : ne, not; see ne in Indo-European roots + willan, to desire; see wel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present nills, present participle nilling, simple past nilled or obsolete nould, past participle nilled)
- Shining sparks thrown off from melted brass.
- Scales of hot iron from the forge.
Compare Irish and Gaelic neul star, light. Compare nebula.