Origin of English word NICK

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Both NICK and KNOCK are words of striking that are linked to words of squeezing like "knot," "knit" and "knuckle." Old English terms like cnocian (might) are said to derive from the Indo-European base gen ("to squeeze together").

 נכה NICK (to strike, catch or hit – NooKaH in   Exodus 9:31) is linked to similar  words like נגח NaGa[K]H ( to thrust, push, gore – Exodus 21:28) and  נגע NaGaGH (to strike, reach or "touch" in Genesis32:32 -- when Jacob is injured in the thigh).

For the noun NICK, a small indentation, see  נקב NeQeV (indentation) at NICHE.


IE “root” nek (to reach) is the stated source of ENOUGH and ONCOLOGY. Other terms that match this particular meaning to an NK sound include  NoQaF (to knock, strike, bruise),  NoQaD (to prick),  NoGaF (to strike - Exodus21:12) and NaGAK[H] (to butt, gore - Exodus21:28).  Polish naciac is to incise or notch – also see NOTCH.

Relevant Latin words include nocere (to injure, harm) and noxa (injury, hurt, damage). They gave us English words like INNOCENT, INNOCUOUS and NUISANCE, plus NOXIOUS and OBNOXIOUS.   In Bambara (a Hamitic language of Mali) maga means touch.

The light touch of a NUDGE belongs here, while the lightly pronounced does not.

Few people do more Noon-Gimel/NG striking than a carpenter, נגר NaGaR.    Scandinavian  carpenters include Danish snedkare, Swedish snickare and Norwegian snekker.

  Note the S-G. Before Arabic nagger (carpenter) was the Akkadian naggaru, carpenter. A door KNOCKER is only a tiny hammer used to announce visitors. But the door itself was banged together by a NaGaR.

        See  NOOK and NOXIOUS.

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