“not”, “niet” and “nicht” in West Germanic languages

niet in Dutch comes from Old Dutch niewiht from reconstructed form *niowiht from nio “never” + wiht “thing, creature”
nicht in German comes from Old High German niowiht, from nio “never” + wiht “being, creature”
not in English comes from Old English nāht short for nāwiht which is ne “not” + āwiht “anything”, which itself comes from
ā “ever” + wiht “thing, creatu

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