Usage examples for Nill

  1. Your mind is to marry me will ye nill ye, as the people say." – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  2. But soon another was chosen to be victimized at the piano, and " will- ye- nill ye," sing she must. – The Lights and Shadows of Real Life by T.S. Arthur Edition: 10 Language: English
  3. Mr. Dunborough, who was of the party will- he, nill he, and asked nothing better than to take out in churlishness the pressure put upon him, stood firmly to it, he would take no more than one person to the men. – The Castle Inn by Stanley John Weyman
  4. " whatever may betide" or " will I, nill I"? – Tales from the Arabic Volume 3 by John Payne
  5. The name is also a very uncommon one at present, the above Knell, Nelly, and Nill being all taken from Suffolk Surnames, though Knell at all events was an English name. – Surnames as a Science by Robert Ferguson
  6. Much of the ground is now occupied as gardens, and much of it is sown with nill or different kinds of grain, so that, one could hardly suppose he were in the middle of what was so lately a great and populous city. – A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. VIII. by Robert Kerr
  7. So the knight of Ireland armed him at all points, and dressed his shield on his shoulder, and mounted upon horseback, and took his spear in his hand, and rode after a great pace, as much as his horse might go; and within a little space on a mountain he had a sight of Balin, and with a loud voice he cried, Abide, knight, for ye shall abide whether ye will or nill and the shield that is to- fore you shall not help. – Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I (of II) King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table by Thomas Malory
  8. His lordship has made it a practice to look in at his victim- for that is the way he thinks of him, will he nill he! – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  9. As for his menacing and daunting threats, I nill regard him nor his Danish power; For if he come to fetch her foorth my Realm I will provide him such a banquet here, That he shall have small cause to give me thanks. – Fair Em A Pleasant Commodie Of Faire Em The Millers Daughter Of Manchester With The Love Of William The Conquerour by William Shakespeare (Apocrypha)
  10. Her elder sisters however left her no peace, and will she, nill she, they dragged her up to the table, and in fear and trembling she turned over the page and read: 'The youngest daughter of this King will be married to a pig from the North. – The Red Fairy Book by Various
  11. The other provinces, added Lambert, would be obliged, will ye nill ye, to receive the law from Holland and Zeeland. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  12. He was not accustomed to keeping a body servant, and, as his aim was to make a fortune, will ye nill ye, he managed, even now, in his hours of pride and self- indulgence, to get along without one. – Autobiography of a Pocket-Hankerchief by James Fenimore Cooper
  13. " But that marrying will ye nill ye, will not suit me. – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  14. The 1st of November I was sent to Biana to buy nill or indigo. – A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. VIII. by Robert Kerr
  15. Will he, nill he, the boy told the story as it had been told to him, Barclay standing looking straight into his eyes, as though reading his very soul, yet never saying a word beyond the original, You heard what Jimmy said. – A Trooper Galahad by Charles King