What does nick mean?

Definitions for nicknɪk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word nick.

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


  1. Nick(v. t.)

    To mar; to deface; to make ragged, as by cutting nicks or notches in; to create a nick in, deliberately or accidentally; as, to nick the rim of a teacup.


  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

  13. Origin: [AS. nicor a marine monster; akin to D. nikker a water spite, Icel. nykr, ONG. nihhus a crocodile, G. nix a water sprite; cf. Gr. ni`ptein to wash, Skr. nij. Cf. Nix.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nick

    nik, n. a notch cut into something: a score for keeping an account: the precise moment of time: a lucky throw at hazard.—v.t. to cut in notches: to hit the precise time: to strike as if making a nick: to cheat: catch in the act: to cut short: (Scot.) to cut with a single snip, as of shears: to make a cut with the pick in the face of coal to facilitate blasting or wedging.—adj. Nick′-eared, crop-eared.—n. Nick′er, one who, or that which, nicks: a woodpecker: a street-ruffian in the early part of the 18th century.—Nick a horse's tail, to make a cut at the root of the tail, making the horse carry it higher. [Another spelling of nock, old form of notch.]

  2. Nick

    nik, n. the devil, esp. Old Nick. [Prob. a corr. of St Nicholas, or from A.S. nicor, a water-spirit; Ice. nykr, Ger. nix, nixe.]

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.

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nick in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nick in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Tommy Craggs:

    The impulse that led to Thursday's story is the impulse upon which Nick himself built Gawker's brand.

  2. Lleyton Hewitt:

    Nick came down here and gave everything he had to try to be available and there's no doubt he was sick.

  3. Jay Seawell:

    He just gets to be Nick Saban, i think golf allows him to be Nick Saban, which I think is a really, really good deal.

  4. Nickel Ashmeade:

    It means that I'm in very good nick. As I said the more I run the faster I'll get, the smoother my running will become and take it from there.

  5. Andrew Ainsworth:

    Nick took it to Lucas as a prototype, and Lucas just said, 'Oh great, give me 50 of them now, in a hurry.' But it was only ever meant to be a prototype.

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