nuiance (s.xiii3/3)

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nuiance (s.xiii3/3)

[ gdw]

[ FEW: *4,702b inodiare; Gdf: ; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF: ; DMF:  nuyuance; TLF: ; OED:  noyance n.; MED:  noiaunce n.; DMLBS: ]
noyaunce,  nuyance  

The word is an aphetic form of ennuiance (not attested in A-N), derived from Latin in odio. This absence of the first syllable only seems to be attested in Anglo-Norman, and consequently in English. In addition, the formation and/or senses of the word may have been influenced by nuisir and nuisance. The DMF’s decision to treat the word as a substantival derivation of Latin nocere (cf. FEW nocere 7,161a), i.e. a synonym for nuisance, does not seem to be justified, taking into consideration other aphetic entries in the AND such as nui and nuier.


1annoyance, (source of) vexation
( s.xiii3/3; MS: s.xiv1/3 )  Si purpresture soit fait [...] si come fymer en la haut rue a noyaunce de pais  94
tedium, boredom
( 1354; MS: c.1360 )  celles tresgrandes joies qe en coer voz viendrent et fermement voz demeurent sanz nuiance et demoront toutdis  222
ennoier  ennui  nui  nuiable  nuier  nuius 
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