Definitions for nicknɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a small notch, groove, chip, or the like.

  2. a small dent or wound.

  3. a small groove on one side of the shank of a printing type.

    Category: Printing

  4. a break in a strand of a DNA or RNA molecule.

    Category: Genetics, Biochemistry

  5. Brit. Slang. prison.

  6. (v.t.)to cut into or through.

  7. to hit or injure slightly.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  8. to make a nick or nicks in (something); notch, groove, or chip.

  9. to incise certain tendons at the root of (a horse's tail) to give it a higher carrying position; make an incision under the tail of (a horse).

    Category: Veterinary Science

  10. to hit, guess, catch, etc., exactly.

  11. Slang. to trick, cheat, or defraud.

  12. Brit. Slang. to arrest (a criminal or suspect). to capture; nab. to steal.

Idioms for nick:

  1. in the nick of time,at the right moment and no sooner; at the last possible moment.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of nick:

1475–85; obscurely akin to OE gehnycned wrinkled, ON hnykla to wrinkle

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dent, ding, gouge, nick(noun)

    an impression in a surface (as made by a blow)

  2. nick(noun)

    (British slang) a prison

    "he's in the nick"

  3. notch, nick, snick(verb)

    a small cut

  4. nick, snick(verb)

    cut slightly, with a razor

    "The barber's knife nicked his cheek"

  5. nick, chip(verb)

    cut a nick into

  6. nick(verb)

    divide or reset the tail muscles of

    "nick horses"

  7. nick(verb)

    mate successfully; of livestock

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. nick(noun)ˈɪk

    a small dent or cut

    a nick in the smooth surface of the wood

  2. nickˈɪk

    just before it is too late

    He jumped out of the way just in the nick of time.

  3. nick(verb)ˈɪk

    to get a little cut

    I must have nicked myself with the scissors.

  4. nickˈɪk


    Someone nicked my bag!


  1. nick(Noun)

    A small cut in a surface

  2. nick(Noun)

    A particular point or place considered as marked by a nick; the exact point or critical moment.

  3. nick(Noun)

    a small deflection of the ball off the edge of the bat, often going to the wicket-keeper for a catch

  4. nick(Noun)


    The car I bought was cheap and in good nick.

  5. nick(Noun)

    A police station or prison

  6. nick(Noun)

    The point where the wall of the court meets the floor.

  7. nick(Verb)

    To make a nick in, especially unintentionally.

    I nicked myself while I was shaving.

  8. nick(Verb)

    To steal.

    Someone's nicked my bike!

  9. nick(Verb)

    To arrest.

    The police nicked him climbing over the fence of the house he'd broken into.

  10. nick(Verb)

    to hit the ball with the edge of the bat and produce a fine deflection

  11. nick(Verb)

    To nickname; to style.

    For Warbeck, as you nick him, came to me. uE00082758uE001 Ford.

  12. Nick(ProperNoun)

    A diminutive of the male given name Nicholas.

  13. Nick(ProperNoun)

    diminutive form of Nickelodeon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nick(noun)

    an evil spirit of the waters

  2. Nick(noun)

    a notch cut into something

  3. Nick(noun)

    a score for keeping an account; a reckoning

  4. Nick(noun)

    a notch cut crosswise in the shank of a type, to assist a compositor in placing it properly in the stick, and in distribution

  5. Nick(noun)

    a broken or indented place in any edge or surface; nicks in china

  6. Nick(noun)

    a particular point or place considered as marked by a nick; the exact point or critical moment

  7. Nick(verb)

    to make a nick or nicks in; to notch; to keep count of or upon by nicks; as, to nick a stick, tally, etc

  8. Nick(verb)

    to mar; to deface; to make ragged, as by cutting nicks or notches in

  9. Nick(verb)

    to suit or fit into, as by a correspondence of nicks; to tally with

  10. Nick(verb)

    to hit at, or in, the nick; to touch rightly; to strike at the precise point or time

  11. Nick(verb)

    to make a cross cut or cuts on the under side of (the tail of a horse, in order to make him carry ir higher)

  12. Nick(verb)

    to nickname; to style


  1. Nick

    A nick is a discontinuity in a double stranded DNA molecule where there is no phosphodiester bond between adjacent nucleotides of one strand typically through damage or enzyme action. Nicks allow for the much-needed release of torsion in the strand during DNA replication.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. nick

    [IRC; very common] Short for nickname. On IRC, every user must pick a nick, which is sometimes the same as the user's real name or login name, but is often more fanciful. Compare handle, screen name.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nick' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3751

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nick' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1757

Translations for nick

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a small cut

There was a nick in the doorpost.

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