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Webster 1913 Edition


Nesh

Nesh

,
Adj.
[AS.
hnesc
,
hnaesc
, akin to Goth.
hnasqus
.]
Soft; tender; delicate.
[Obs. or Prov. Eng.]

Webster 1828 Edition


Nesh

NESH

,
Adj.
Soft; tender; nice. [Not used.]

Definition 2022


nesh

nesh

English

Alternative forms

  • nish (Newfoundland English)

Adjective

nesh (comparative nesher, superlative neshest)

  1. (now Britain dialectal) Soft; tender; sensitive; yielding.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter xx, in Le Morte Darthur, book XIII:
      haue ye no merueylle sayd the good man therof / for hit semeth wel god loueth yow / for men maye vnderstande a stone is hard of kynde / [] / for thou wylt not leue thy synne for no goodnes that god hath sente the / therfor thou arte more than ony stone / and neuer woldest thow be maade neysshe nor by water nor by fyre
  2. (now Britain dialectal) Delicate; weak; poor-spirited; susceptible to cold weather, harsh conditions etc.
  3. (now Britain dialectal) Soft; friable; crumbly.
Usage notes
  • This is a fairly widespread dialect term throughout Northern England and the Midlands.
Derived terms
Translations

Etymology 2

From Middle English neschen, from Old English hnescan, hnescian (to make soft, soften; become soft, give way, waver), from Proto-Germanic *hnaskōną, *hnaskijaną (to make soft), from Proto-Indo-European *knēs-, *kenes- (to scratch, scrape, rub). Cognate with Old High German nascōn ("to nibble at, parasitise, squander"; > German naschen (to nibble, pinch)).

Verb

nesh (third-person singular simple present neshes, present participle neshing, simple past and past participle neshed)

  1. (transitive) To make soft, tender, or weak.
  2. (intransitive, dialectal, Northern England) To act timidly.

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