Daily Word Quiz
a) shaky, insecure
b) shameful, disgraceful
c) dishonest, cheating
d) infatuated, obsessed with
Today's Featured Word
also NIGNAW, NIGNOY, NIG-NYE
1. a knickknack, a trinket, a trifle; a trifling, useless thing or proceeding;
an unnecessary ornament or frill, a gewgaw ...a1689 Sc.
2. a quarrelsome hypercritical person; one who picks faults ...1920 Sc.
to trifle, to fuss about, to work without result; to hum and haw, to be undecided, to vacillate; to do what is useless; to show reluctance ...1880 Sc.
of obscure formation; probably an arbitrary formation based on such words as nick-nack, etc.
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
a1689 - see EXAMPLE below
"...He was not for the French nig nayes,
But briskly to his brethren says;
Good gentlemen, we may not doubt..."
From: A Collection of Several Poems and Verses
By: William Cleland, a1689
Daily Word Quiz Answer
a) shaky, insecure ...1866