nill


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Related to nill: Nile, Ponderance, Gile

nill

 (nĭl) Obsolete
aux.v. Past tense nol·de (nōl′də, nōld)
To be unwilling; will not.
tr.v. nilled or nolde, nil·ling, nills
Not to will; not to wish.

[Middle English nilen, from Old English nyllan : ne, not; see ne in Indo-European roots + willan, to desire; see wel- in Indo-European roots.]

nill

(nɪl)
n
(Chemistry) chem zinc oxide
vb
to be unwilling (to do)

nill

(nɪl)
v. Archaic. v.i.
1. to be unwilling: will he, nill he.
v.t.
2. to refuse or reject.
[before 900; Middle English nillen, Old English nyllan, contraction of phrase ne willan; see no1, will1, willy -nilly]
References in classic literature ?
Will I, nill I, the ineffable thing has tied me to him; tows me with a cable I have no knife to cut.
He was not accustomed to keeping a body servant, and, as his aim was to make a fortune, will ye nill ye, he managed, even now, in his hours of pride and self-indulgence, to get along without one.
This is the worst of the ardent lover of literature: he wishes to make every one else share his rapture, will he, nill he.
When, therefore, the fair Scheherazade insisted upon marrying the king, and did actually marry him despite her father's excellent advice not to do any thing of the kind -- when she would and did marry him, I say, will I, nill I, it was with her beautiful black eyes as thoroughly open as the nature of the case would allow.
It is a great match-day, and every boy in the school, will he, nill he, must be there.
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Similarly, Will & Nill shows that being active and making an effort always pays off, while laziness or passiveness doesn't do us any good.
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In response to the question about where the phrase "willy nilly" came from, Jill, of Washington, answered: "In early English nill was the opposite of will.
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