Meaning of NICK in English

I. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English nicken, from Old English niccan, from nic, nicc, adverb, not I, no, contraction of ne not + -ic I — more at no , i

: to say nay to : deny

II. ˈnik noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English nyke, probably alteration of nocke nock — more at nock


a. : a cut made or occurring in a surface or edge : notch ; usually : a small sharp-edged cut made typically with one blow or stroke and without intention

the razor had bad nicks

nicks in the table

b. chiefly Scotland : a gap or slight opening in a range of hills

c. : a notch on the belly of a piece of type — compare groove ; see type illustration


a. archaic : a cut (as in a stick) serving as a tally

b. obsolete : reckoning , account

c. : a particular point or place considered as marked by a cut : a precise or critical moment

help came in the nick of time


[from the obsolete phrase nick and froth ]

obsolete : a false bottom in a beer mug


a. : the exact mark aimed at

just what he needed, mum; it was in the nick — Joyce Cary

his rejoinder hit the nick

b. : the junction line of wall and floor in court tennis, squash, handball


[ nick (III) (to breed)]

: an individual superior to either parent ; also : a mating that produces such offspring

4. : the sound produced by a slight or brief impact : tick

5. Australia : physical condition : shape

in great nick


a. also nick point : a place of abrupt change in a stream gradient

b. : a sharp angle cut at the base of a cliff (as by waves and currents or by shore ice) — compare nip 5

III. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

transitive verb


a. : to make a nick in : notch

nick a tree

nick a steel bar before sawing

b. : to injure by denting or chipping the surface or edge of

nick a knife blade

nick a china cup

nick a table leg


a. : to score by making a nick on a tally

b. : to jot down : record , score

3. obsolete : to tally with : correspond to : copy closely


[partly short for nickname (II) ]

obsolete : to fix a fitting name upon : nickname

5. obsolete

a. : to provide (a beer mug) with a false bottom

b. : cheat , defraud


a. : to cut off or cut out : cut short

cold weather nicked steel and automobile output — Time

b. : to cut into slightly : wound lightly

bullet nicked his leg

nicked himself while shaving

c. : to make a crosscut on the underside of (the tail of a horse) to effect a higher carrying position : cut beneath the tail of (a horse)

7. : to hit, grasp, or catch precisely at the right point or time

nick an opportunity

nick a secret

nick a train


a. slang Britain : to catch off guard : arrest

b. slang Britain : steal

c. : to take from as payment or loan : charge

complained they were being nicked as high as $30 a ton more for special steels — Time

intransitive verb

1. : to make petty attacks : snipe , hack

people who nick at the American system — Saturday Review

2. of a ball in court games : to strike the wall and floor simultaneously

3. : to outrun and take the inner course from another (as in racing) : cut in

4. : to complement one another genetically : breed together and produce offspring of good quality

IV. transitive verb

: to produce a nick in (DNA)

V. noun

1. slang Britain : jail ; also : police station

2. : a break in one strand of two-stranded DNA caused by a missing phosphodiester bond

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