Nill meaning

nĭl
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Not to will; not to wish.
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To be unwilling; will not.
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Nill is defined as to be unwilling or to refuse.

An example of nill is when a horse refuses to walk forward.

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(archaic) Not to will (something); refuse.

Will I, nill I.

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1600, Edward Fairfax, The Jerusalem Delivered of Tasso, XII, lxi.

What I nill tell you ask (quoth she) in vain,Nor mov'd by prayer, nor constrain'd by power.

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(intransitive, archaic) To be unwilling.
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(archaic) To reject, refuse, negate.
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Shining sparks thrown off from melted brass.
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Scales of hot iron from the forge.

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Origin of nill

  • Middle English nilen from Old English nyllan ne not ne in Indo-European roots willan to desire wel-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary

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

    From Wiktionary