Nief vs Fief - What's the difference?

nief | fief |


As nouns the difference between nief and fief

is that nief is a serf or bondsman born into servitude or nief can be (chiefly|scotland|ireland|northern england) a fist while fief is an estate held of a superior on condition of military service.

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nief

English

Etymology 1

From (etyl), from (etyl) .

Noun

(en noun)
  • A serf or bondsman born into servitude.
  • * 1886 , "The Fight at the Pass of Coleshill", The Red Dragon "Notes and Queries", page 471
  • That is, because the girl was his nief , or bondwoman, the daughter of one of his villains
    Alternative forms
    * neif

    Etymology 2

    From Old Norse hnefi'', ''nefi , of unknown origin.

    Noun

    (en-noun)
  • (chiefly, Scotland, Ireland, Northern England) A fist.
  • *1934 , (Lewis Grassic Gibbon), Grey Granite'', Polygon 2006 (''A Scots Quair ), p. 597:
  • *:Ake thought if ever he was walking alone on a dark-like night and Jimmy came on him, he with his bare nieves and Jimmy with a knife, he'd stand as much chance of getting home safe as a celluloid cat that had strayed into hell….
  • * 1989 , (Anthony Burgess), The Devil's Mode :
  • Nestorius exploded at that and hit out. He roared and dismissed the class, hitting out with his old mottled gnarled niefs .
  • * 2004 , Jeff Silverman, The Greatest Boxing Stories Ever Told , p. 160:
  • "But t' Maister can stop and hit rarely. Happen he'll mak' him joomp when he gets his nief upon him."
    Alternative forms
    * neif * nieve

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    fief

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • An estate held of a superior on condition of military service.
  • Something over which one has rights or exercises control.
  • (metaphor) An area of dominion, especially in a corporate or governmental bureaucracy.
  • Synonyms

    * manor

    Derived terms

    * fiefdom * in fief

    See also

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