- The definition of a nick is a small, shallow cut or notch, or a male's name.
- An example of a nick is a tiny cut from shaving.
- An example of Nick is a shortened version of Nicholas.
- Nick is defined as to cut short or to put a tiny cut in something.
An example of nick is to cause a tiny cut with a razor when shaving.
This man has nicked himself while shaving.
- a small notch or slit; esp., a small cut, indentation or chip made on the edge or surface of wood, metal, china, etc.
- a notch in the lower side of the shank of a printing type, for identification
- Brit., Slang prison; jail
- Brit., Slang condition; state: a used car in good nick
Origin of nickLate Middle English nyke, probably akin to nocke, notch
- to make a nick or nicks in
- Now Rare to score or tally by means of notches
- to wound superficially
- to strike lightly and glancingly
- to strike or catch at the exact or proper time; hit, guess, grasp, etc. exactly
- to fine
- to overcharge or cheat
- Brit., Slang
- to arrest; nab
- to steal
in the nick of time
- A shallow notch, cut, or indentation on an edge or a surface: nicks in the table; razor nicks on his chin.
- Chiefly British Slang A prison or police station.
- Printing A groove down the side of a piece of type used to ensure that it is correctly placed.
transitive verbnicked, nick·ing, nicks
- a. To cut a nick or notch in.b. To cut into and wound slightly: A sliver of glass nicked my hand.
- To cut short; check: nicked an impulse to flee.
- Slang To cheat, especially by overcharging.
- Chiefly British Slang a. To steal.b. To arrest.
Origin of nickMiddle English nik, possibly alteration (influenced by nokke, notch) of niche; see niche.
- A small cut in a surface
- (now rare) A particular point or place considered as marked by a nick; the exact point or critical moment.
- (cricket) a small deflection of the ball off the edge of the bat, often going to the wicket-keeper for a catch
- Short for nickname.
- a user's reserved nick on an IRC network
- (UK, slang) Condition
- The car I bought was cheap and in good nick.
- (UK, slang) A police station or prison
- He was arrested and taken down to Sun Hill nick to be charged. (police station)
- He's just been released from Shadwell nick after doing ten years for attempted murder. (prison)
- (real tennis) The point where the wall of the court meets the floor.
- (archaic) A nixie, or water-sprite.
- (printing, dated) A notch cut crosswise in the shank of a type, to assist a compositor in placing it properly in the stick, and in distribution.
(third-person singular simple present nicks, present participle nicking, simple past and past participle nicked)
- To mar; to deface; to make ragged, as by cutting nicks or notches in.
- I nicked myself while I was shaving.
- To suit or fit into, as by a correspondence of nicks; to tally with.
- To hit at, or in, the nick; to touch rightly; to strike at the precise point or time.
- (slang) To steal.
- Someone's nicked my bike!
- (UK, slang) To arrest.
- The police nicked him climbing over the fence of the house he'd broken into.
- (cricket) to hit the ball with the edge of the bat and produce a fine deflection
- To throw or turn up (a number when playing dice); to hit upon.
- To make a cross cut or cuts on the underside of (the tail of a horse, in order to make him carry it higher).