From Middle English nillen, from Old English nillan, nellan, nyllan (“to be unwilling, refuse, prevent; not want to”), corresponding to ne + will. Cognate with Old Frisian nelle.
nill (third-person singular simple present nills, present participle nilling, simple past nilled or (obsolete) nould, past participle nilled)
- (modal auxiliary, obsolete) To be unwilling; will not (+ infinitive).
- (intransitive, archaic) To be unwilling.
- (transitive, archaic) To reject, refuse, negate.
Compare Irish and Gaelic neul star, light. Compare nebula.
- Shining sparks thrown off from melted brass.
- Scales of hot iron from the forge.