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November 13, 2022

Nesh/verb or adj./ nesh

The word nesh is typically used in American English as a descriptive adjective for people who are frail, dainty, or soft in personality. However, it can also, albeit less commonly, be used as a verb meaning “to soften.”

Nesh is actually a common word in England’s midlands, but the definition is slightly different. In that area of the world, nesh refers to people or things that are extremely sensitive to cold weather.

In a Sentence

As spring approaches, every landscaper needs to nesh grass on the lawn.

The nesh couple stays by the fireplace on chilly or damp evenings.

I was nesh enough to wear my winter jacket to a summer party where everyone wore floaty summer outfits.

His nesh attitude forced him to avoid outdoor events during the cold season.


The word nesh has been used in many dialects, especially in the United States, England, and most regions in Scotland. It has become dominant among 21st-century speakers in North Wales and East Midlands. However, Nesh only officially entered the British library's word bank in 2011.


Weak, infirm, frail, chilly, cold, bleak


Ardent, fiery


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