nifel (s.xiii1/4)

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nifel (s.xiii1/4)

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[ FEW: ; Gdf: ; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF: ; DMF: ; TLF: ; OED:  nifle n.; MED:  nifle n.; DMLBS: ]
nife (l. nif[l]e)  

The etymology of this term remains unclear. The OED (nifle) notes several possible suggestions: a Latin etymon (nichil); a derivation from nefle or a parallel with niule. Each proposed etymology is problematic.


1nifle, worthless object
( s.xiii1/4; MS: s.xiiim )  Cele baptisterie ne valt une nife (l. nif[l]e)  2115
2costumesmall or flimsy article of dress (?)
( 1463 )  Que nulle persone [...]vende en ascune part dedeinz cest Roialme ascune lavne, Nifels, umple, ou ascun autre manere dez couverchiefs dount le price dun plite passera x s.  ii 401
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