[nil] /nɪl/ Archaic.

verb (used without object), nilled, nilling.
to be unwilling:
will he, nill he.
verb (used with object), nilled, nilling.
to refuse or reject.

Old English nylle, nelle “to be unwilling,” from ne “no” (see no) + will (v.). Often paired with will; the construction in nill he, will he, once common, attested from c.1300, surviving principally in willy-nilly, which, however, reverses the usual Middle English word order. Latin expressed a similar idea in nolens volens.


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