From French conniver, or directly from its etymon Latin connīvēre, cōnīvēre, third-person plural perfect active indicative of connīveō, cōnīveō (perhaps alluding to two persons involved in a scheme together winking to each other), from con- + *nīvēre (related to nictō, from Proto-Indo-European *kneygʷʰ-).
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