Donald vs Nixie - What's the difference?

donald | nixie |

As a proper noun donald

is .

As a noun nixie is

a female water-elf or nixie can be a piece of mail returned as undeliverable.



Proper noun

(en proper noun)
  • .
  • * 1816 , Old Mortality , Samuel H. Parker, 1836, page 232
  • "Country?" replied Cuddie; "ou, the country's weel eneugh, and it werena that dour deevil, Calver'se, ( they ca' him Dundee now) that's stirring about yet in the Highlands, they say, with a' the Donalds , and Duncans, and Dugalds, that ever wore bottomless breeks, driving about wi' him, to set things asteer again, - - -
  • * 1980 , The Glass House, a Novella and Stories , Viking Press, 1980, ISBN 0670341797, page 76:
  • My friends call me Terry. My husband always used my full name, Teresa. He said it made him feel like he was married to a foreign woman. And I never called him Don or Donny or Donny Joe. I called him Donald from the first time we met.
  • * 1991 , Donald Duk , Coffee House Press, 1991, ISBN 0918273838, page 1
  • Donald' Duk never liked his name. He hates his name. He is not a duck. He is not a cartoon character. - - - "Only the Chinese are stupid enough to give a kid a stupid name like '''Donald''' Duk," ' Donald Duk says to himself.

    Usage notes

    *Popular in all English-speaking countries in the first half of the 20th century.

    Derived terms

    * Donald Duck * (pet forms) Don, Donnie, Donny * (female given name) Donna



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) Nixe, feminine of Nix, from (etyl) nickes, from (etyl) (English nicker).


    (en noun)
  • A female water-elf.
  • * 1922 , James Joyce, Ulysses :
  • Bare from her garters up her flesh appears under the sapphire a nixie ’s green.

    Etymology 2


    (en noun)
  • A piece of mail returned as undeliverable.
  • :* mailers may also receive information on addresses that are undeliverable for reasons other than a customer move (i.e., nixie notifications) — United States Postal Service Address Change Service description