Will I nill I
Will Will, v. i. To be willing; to be inclined or disposed; to be pleased; to wish; to desire. [1913 Webster]

And behold, there came a leper and worshiped him, saying, Lord if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus . . . touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. --Matt. viii. 2, 3. [1913 Webster]

Note: This word has been confused with will, v. i., to choose, which, unlike this, is of the weak conjugation. [1913 Webster]

{Will I, nill I}, or {Will ye, hill ye}, or {Will he, nill he}, whether I, you, or he will it or not; hence, without choice; compulsorily; -- commonly abbreviated to {willy nilly}. ``If I must take service willy nilly.'' --J. H. Newman. ``Land for all who would till it, and reading and writing will ye, nill ye.'' --Lowell. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Will he nill he — Nill Nill, v. i. To be unwilling; to refuse to act. [1913 Webster] The actions of the will are velle and nolle, to will and nill. Burton. [1913 Webster] {Will he, nill he}, whether he wills it or not; usually contracted to {willy nilly}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Will — Will, v. i. To be willing; to be inclined or disposed; to be pleased; to wish; to desire. [1913 Webster] And behold, there came a leper and worshiped him, saying, Lord if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus . . . touched him, saying, I …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Will ye hill ye — Will Will, v. i. To be willing; to be inclined or disposed; to be pleased; to wish; to desire. [1913 Webster] And behold, there came a leper and worshiped him, saying, Lord if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus . . . touched him,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nill — [nil] vt., vi. [ME nillen < OE nyllan < ne, not (see NO1) + willan (see WILL1)] Archaic not to will (something); refuse [will I, nill I]: see also WILLY NILLY …   English World dictionary

  • Nill — (n[i^]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Nilled} (n[i^]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Nilling}.] [AS. nilan, nyllan; ne not + willan to will. See {No}, and {Will}.] Not to will; to refuse; to reject. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Certes, said he, I nill thine offered grace …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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