Old English nylle, nelle "is hesitant," from ne "no" (see no) + will (v.). Usually combined with might; the building in nill he, will he, when common, attested from c.1300, enduring principally in willy-nilly, which, however, reverses the most common Middle English term order. Latin indicated a similar idea in nolens volens.
to not will to refuse to reject
- becoming unwilling to will not act
- Shining sparks tossed faraway from melted metal
- to not ever will; to decline; to decline.
- becoming hesitant; to won't act.
- Shining sparks tossed faraway from melted metal.
- Scales of hot iron through the forge.
(v. t.) To not ever will; to decline; to reject.
- (v. i.) is unwilling; to will not act.
- (n.) Shining sparks tossed faraway from melted metal.
- (n.) Scales of hot iron from the forge.
Will I, nill I, the ineffable thing has tied me to him; tows me with a cable I have no knife to cut.