Origin of nillMiddle English nillen from Old English nyllan from ne, not (see no) + willan (see will)
An example of nill is when a horse refuses to walk forward.
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.
- Near the palace is the famous winu.nill; now royal property, which, according to a tradition now regarded as doubtful, its owner refused to sell to the king, meeting threatened violence by an appeal to the judges of Berlin.