Definitions and meaning of nim
From Middle English nimen, from Old English niman (“to take”), from Proto-Germanic *nemaną (“to take”), from Proto-Indo-European *nem- (“to give or take one's due”). Cognate with Saterland Frisian nieme (“to take”), West Frisian nimme (“to take”), Dutch nemen (“to take”), Low German nehmen (“to take”), German nehmen (“to take”), Danish nemme (“to learn, grasp”). Related to numb and nimble.
nim (third-person singular simple present nims, present participle nimming, simple past and past participle nimmed)
- (obsolete, transitive) To take or seize.
- 1381, Pegge Cook. Recipes, page 114, quoted in 1962, Hans Kurath & Sherman M. Kuhn, eds., Middle English Dictionary, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press, ISBN 978-0-472-01044-8, page 1242, in the entry "dorrẹ̄, dōrī adj. & n. […] cook":
- For to make Soupys dorry. Nym onyons […] Nym wyn […] toste wyte bred and do yt in dischis, and god Almande mylk.
- 1547 (original; printed 1870), Andrew Boorde, The First Boke of the Introduction of Knowledge, page 122:
- Ich cham a Cornysche man, al[e] che can brew; [...] Nym me a quart of ale, that iche may it of sup.
- 1566–1573 (original; printed 1873), John Partridge, The Hystorie of the Moste Noble Knight Plasidas, and Other Rare Pieces, page 106:
- Then Alfyne to the court Of Syleuma doth come, / And Pandauola in her armes / Her Alfyne hath up num / And kisseth him full ofte […]
- 2017, Thomas Heywood, A Woman Killed With Kindness, Bloomsbury Publishing (→ISBN), page 155:
- Gryndall carefully sets out the difference between seizing or nimming a bird (an outcome that would constitute a partly successful flight) and taking the bird outright: 'And if your Hawke noume [nim, seize] a foule, and the foule breake from her, she hath discomfited many feathers of the foule, and is broken away: but in kindly speech you shall say, your hawke hath noumed or seased a foule, and not taken it'.
- (obsolete, slang, transitive) To filch, steal.
- 1663, Hudibras, by Samuel Butler, part 1, canto 1
- They'll question Mars, and, by his look, \ Detect who 'twas that nimm'd a cloak;
- 1785, Hutton, Bran New Wark, I. 305, quoted in 1903, Joseph Wright, The English Dialect Dictionary: M-Q, page 273:
- Nimming and niftering whativver he can try his fists on.
- 1821, Apuleius, The Golden Ass of Lucius Apuleius, of Medaura, page 131:
- But while he fell in some brave exploit, you, I suppose, being provident rogues and thieves of discretion, were on the sure lay, pilfering little thefts among the mob, fearfully nimming a cloak or rifling some old woman's bulk of a stock to set up a piece-broker's shop.
- 1824 (edition; original 1790), Nairne, Tales, 37, quoted in 1903, Joseph Wright, The English Dialect Dictionary: M-Q, page 273:
- They nim a pig, a duck, or fowl.
- 1854, Oliver Oldham, Oldham's Amusing and Instructive Reader: A Course of Reading, Original and Selected, in Prose and Poetry, Wherein Wit, Humor, and Mirth are Made the Means of Awakening Interest, and Imparting Instructon : for the Use of Schools and Academies, page 110:
- Shall we go nim a horse, Tom,—what dost think? [...] Nim? yes, yes, yes, let's nim with all my heart; I see no harm in nimming, for my part; [...] Were it my lord mayor's hourse—I'd nim it first. [...A horse] they stole, or, as they called it, nimmed, / Just as the twilight all the landscape dimmed. [...] What is most likely, is that both these elves / Were, in like manner, halter-nimmed themselves.
- (intransitive, Britain dialectal) To walk with short, quick strides; trip along.
- 1856, Thompson, Hist. Boston, page 716, quoted in 1903, Joseph Wright, The English Dialect Dictionary: M-Q, page 273:
- The old lady does nim along.
- 1949, Wilfrid J. Halliday, Arthur Stanley Umpleby, The White Rose Garland of Yorkshire Dialect Verse and Local and Folk-lore Rhymes, quoting Irene Sutcliffe, page 111:
- Ah had set myself doon where the aums meet aboon, / When Jinny jamp oop, and ganned nimming alang.
- A game in which players take turns removing objects from heaps.
- INM, MIN, Min, NMI, min, min.
- Romanization of 𐌽𐌹𐌼
Borrowed from Arabic نِيم (nīm), from Hindi नीम (nīm).
- neem tree
From Proto-Finnic *nimi.
nim (only after a preposition)
- instrumental of wón
- instrumental of wóno
- dative of wóni
- dative singular of nem
- instrumental/locative singular of on
- instrumental/locative singular of ono
- Synonym: zanim
- nim in Polish dictionaries at PWN
- (Portugal, Brazil) IPA(key): /ˈnĩ/
- Hyphenation: nim
From Hindi नीम (nīm), from Sanskrit निम्ब (nimba).
nim m (plural nins)
- neem (Azadirachta indica, an evergreen tree of India)
Blend of não (“no”) + sim (“yes”). Compare German Jein.
nim (not comparable)
- (humorous, neologism) yes and no
nim m (plural nins)
- (humorous, neologism) yes and no
From Old Swedish næmber (“apt, docile”), from Old Norse næmr, from Proto-Germanic *nāmjaz, derived from Proto-Germanic *nemaną (“to take”). Compare Danish Danish nem (“easy”) and Icelandic næmur (“docile, sensitive”).
- IPA(key): /nɪm/
- Rhymes: -ɪm
nim (comparative nimmare, superlative nimmast)
- (Scania) convenient, handy, practical, easy
- ”nim” in Lundbladh, Carl-Erik (2014) Skånska dialektord, 2nd edition, Uppsala: Institutet för språk och folkminnen
- nim in Elias Wessén, Våra ord : deras uttal och ursprung (1979)
- ”næma” in de Vries, Jan (2000) Altnordisches etymologisches Wörterbuch, 2nd revised edition, Leiden: Brill, page 413
- ”nämber” in Söderwall, K.F. (1884-1918) Ordbok öfver svenska medeltids-språket, volume I-III, Digitized in ”Fornsvensk lexikalisk databas”
From English animal (which ultimately derives from Latin animal)
nim (nominative plural nims)
- animal (Animalia)
- to take or steal.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)