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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

masc. proper name, a familiar abbreviation of Edward. Related: Neddy.


n. (context Scotland slang pejorative offensive English) A person, usually a youth, of low social standing and education, a violent disposition and with a particular style of dress (typically sportswear or Burberry), speech and behaviour.


Ned or NED may refer to:

Ned (film)
For the 2010 British film by Peter Mullan, see Neds (film).

Ned is a 2003 Australian film, directed by Abe Forsythe. It is satire of Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, and his iconographical status as a "hero."

The film was released in the same year as Ned Kelly, starring Heath Ledger.

In November 2006 on Vega FM host Shaun Micallef called Ned "The funniest Australian film made in the last ten years."

Ned (Pushing Daisies)

Ned, also referred to as "The Piemaker," is the protagonist of the ABC television series, Pushing Daisies, and is portrayed by Lee Pace.

Ned works as a pie maker at his restaurant The Pie Hole. He also has the ability to resurrect the dead with a single touch. When private investigator Emerson Cod ( Chi McBride) accidentally discovers Ned's ability, the two enter in a partnership: in exchange for Ned using his ability to revive those who have died under suspicious circumstances, Emerson will split any reward money that he receives when the information discovered with the help of Ned's gift allows them to solve the crime.

Ned (Scottish)

Ned is a derogatory term applied in Scotland to hooligans, louts or petty criminals, latterly with the stereotypical implication that they wear casual sports clothes. Such usage in Glasgow dates back to the 1960s or earlier.

Ned (given name)

Ned is an English given name and variant of Ed, sometimes short for Edward, Edmund, Edgar or Edwin. "Ned" may have risen from generations of children hearing "mine Ed" as "my Ned" which is an example of a process linguists call rebracketing.

Those bearing it include:

Real people:

  • Ted Alley (1881-1949), former Australian rules footballer listed in some sources as Ned Alley
  • Edward Almond (1892–1979), United States Army general best known as the commander of the Army's X Corps during the Korean War
  • Ned Austin (1925–2007), American character actor and Screen Actors Guild- and AFTRA member
  • Ned Barkas (1901–1962), English professional footballer
  • Ned Beatty (born 1937), American actor
  • Ned Bellamy, American actor
  • Ned Block, American philosopher
  • Ned Bouhalassa, film score, television score, and electroacoustic music composer
  • Ned Boulting (born 1969), British sports journalist and television presenter
  • Ned Buntline (1821 or 1823-1886), American publisher, journalist, writer, and publicist
  • Ned Cameron, American producer/singer/songwriter
  • Ned Catic, Australian former professional rugby league footballer
  • Ned Chaillet, radio drama producer and director, writer and journalist
  • Ned Cobb (1885-1973), tenant farmer
  • Ned Collette (born 1979), Australian musician and singer-songwriter
  • Ned Crotty, MLL professional lacrosse player
  • Ned Cuthbert (1845–1905), American professional baseball player
  • Ned Daly (1891–1916), Dublin's 1st battalion commandant during the 1916 Easter Rising
  • Ned Dameron, science fiction and fantasy artist
  • Ned Day (1945–1987), Las Vegas television journalist and newspaper reporter who was known for taking on mobsters who dominated Las Vegas casinos in the 1970s and '80s
  • Ned Dennehy, Irish actor
  • Ned Donaghy, American soccer referee active in the 1920s and '30s
  • Ned Dowd, American film producer and former actor
  • Ned Eckersley, English cricketer
  • Ned Eisenberg, American actor known for his recurring role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Roger Kressler
  • Ned Endress (1918–2010), American basketball player
  • Ned Evett, American guitarist, singer, and songwriter best known for playing a fretless glass-necked guitar
  • Ned Garver, American League pitcher who played from 1948 to 1961
  • Ned Glass (1906–1984), American character actor
  • Ned Goldreyer, television writer, television producer and comedian
  • Ned Gregory (1839-1899), Australian cricketer
  • Ned Hanlan (1855–1908), Canadian professional sculler, hotelier and alderman
  • Ned Herrmann (1922-1999), creator of the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument
  • Ned Irish (1905-1982), basketball promoter and one of the key figures in popularizing professional basketball
  • Ned Jarrett (born 1932), American race car driver
  • Ned Kelly (1850s–1880), Australian outlaw and folk hero
  • Ned Lamont (born 1954), American entrepreneur and politician
  • Ned Luke (born 1958), American actor
  • Ned Mandingo (born 1966), a radio personality on the Bubba the Love Sponge talk show
  • Ned Rorem (born 1923), American composer and diarist
  • Ned Vizzini (1981-2013), American writer
  • Ned Yost (born 1955), American baseball player and manager

Fictional characters:

  • Ned (Pushing Daisies), the main character from the television series
  • Ned, in the television series The Tribe
  • Ned Bigby in the television series Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide
  • Ned Dorsey, in the television series Ned & Stacey
  • Ned Flanders in the television series The Simpsons
  • Ned Gerblansky, in the television series South Park
  • Ned Land, major point-of-view character in the novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Ned Nickerson, boyfriend in Nancy Drew novels
  • Ned Schneebly, in the 2003 film School of Rock
  • Ned Stark in the novel series A Song of Ice and Fire and the HBO TV adaptation Game of Thrones
  • Ned Nederlander, one of the Three Amigos in that film
  • Ned Plimpton, in the film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
  • Ned Ryder, in Evelyn Waugh's 1945 novel Brideshead Revisited
  • Ned Ryerson, in the film Groundhog Day

Usage examples of "ned".

And so we find him now about to show to his chum, Ned Newton, his latest patent, an aerial warship, which, however, was not the success Tom had hoped for.

Ned of his chum, as they walked on toward the shed of the new, big aerial warship.

He left Ned Tyler in charge of the Golden Bough with Althuda, and ordered them to remain anchored well offshore, and await his return, The distress signal would be a red Chinese rocket.

Ned Tyler took the ship deeper into the bay and anchored her in the calm waters off the port of Zulla where now the white cross of Ethiopia flew above the shot-battered walls.

Aviendha stood among a delegation of Wise Ones, Amys and Bair and Melaine, Sorilea of course, Chaelin, a Smoke Water Miagoma with touches of gray in her dark red hair, and Edarra, a Neder Shiande who looked not much older than himself, though she already had an apparently unshakable calm in her blue eyes and a straight-backed presence to match the others.

Ned yelled as he tugged the pin from his last black banger, lifted the hatch, dropped it down and shut the hatch again.

Comanche had that blissful look of the bayman who has eaten just a little too much, Ned had assumed the glassy stare with which he always succumbs to the processes of digestion, osmosis, transmogrification and apotheosis on such occasions, and the rest were trying their land-legs about the banquet hall.

Perhaps there was some-half-fort ned idea of escaping with her, of fighting his way out of Blucher with his woman.

Ned and Thomas each made a fortune from buccaneering, and hung us with jewels and gave us fine clothes and splendid homes with dozens of servants .

SEVEN IN THE COURSE OF THAT DAY, MACKLIN LEARNed FAR more about the adventurous life of Colonel Ned Buntline than he really cared to know.

That had been the first appearance of the pseudonym Ned Buntline, a name taken from the line attached to the bottom of a square-rigged sail.

Macklin knew he was intruding, but the chance to get away from Ned Buntline, at least for a few moments, was too good to pass up.

Much later, Macklin sat with Ned Buntline on the front porch of the Hacienda, leaning back in a rocking chair as he studied the sparse traffic on Franklin Street.

Egoist and self-promoter Ned Buntline might be, but Macklin liked the man, and knew he would miss him.

He wondered just what Ned Buntline had written in his deposition that had fostered that idea.