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Nil(l, v. Also: nyl(l, nylle. [ME. nyl(l)e, nil(l)e, e.m.E. nill etc., OE. nylle, 1st and 3rd sing. pres. t., from ne wille will not. Cf. also Noll and (2nd pers. sing.) Nolt and (p.t.) Nold.] Not to will, to be unwilling. Both as denoting refusal and as expressing simple futurity.

1. In 1st and 3rd pers. (sing. and plur.), const. infin. without and with to. (1) Quhy nyl thai nocht byde? Doug. vi. v. 48.
I nyll at lenth it put in memorie; Lynd. Test. Pap. 517.
I nyll, quod sche, thare to accord; Id. Mon. 911.
I nill consent to do sic abusioun; Rolland Ct. Venus iii. 430.
Ib. i. 893.
I nill repeit [etc.]; 1573 Sat. P. xxxix. 17.
(2) Greit abbais grayth I nill to gather; Dunb. lxvi. 85.
Off Flodoun feilde the rewyne to reuolfe … I nyll; Lynd. Test. Pap. 509.

2. In opposition to will (also wald), esp. in nill ye, will ye and the like. In all persons and numbers and also in reference to past time. (1) Now sall he sit … Quha will, quha nill intill ane deip dungeoun; Rolland Ct. Venus iv. 345.
And sumtyme als quhidder I nylle or wald Ane scorne for scorne to gif I man tak tent; Maitl. F. xxix. 82.
(2) Ye shalbe compelled, nil ye, wil ye, to know that [etc.]; 1556 Knox IV. 83.
Nil they will they; R. Bruce Serm. 86.
Nill thou will thou; Ib. 107.
And force thee to doe ane thing, wil thou nill thou; 1599 Rollock Wks. I. 348.
Melvill 383.
They sould caus fourtie knaves lyke himselffe bring him out nill he wald he; 1629 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. III. 5.
He did tell her she behoved to goe, nill she, will she; 1663 Ib. 3 Ser. I. 457.
The elders … constraines them, nill they will they, to satisfie discipline; 1677 Inverness Presb. 79.

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