nick

6 ENTRIES FOUND:

1nick

noun \ˈnik\

: a small broken area that appears on something after something else hits or cuts it

: a small cut on your skin

the nick : a prison or police station

Full Definition of NICK

1
a :  a small notch, groove, or chip
b :  a small cut or wound
c :  a break in one strand of two-stranded DNA caused by a missing phosphodiester bond
2
:  a final critical moment <in the nick of time>
3
slang British :  prison; also :  police station
4
British :  condition <in good nick>

Examples of NICK

  1. There are a couple of nicks on the painting.
  2. His face was covered with nicks and cuts after shaving.
  3. She spent a night in the nick.
  4. an economy in bad nick

Origin of NICK

Middle English nyke, probably alteration of nocke nock
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to NICK

2nick

verb

: to cut or damage a small part of the surface of (something) : to put a nick in (something)

: to make a small cut on (someone)

: to catch and arrest (someone)

Full Definition of NICK

transitive verb
1
:  to jot down :  record
2
a :  to make a nick in :  notch, chip
b :  to cut into or wound slightly <nicked himself shaving>
3
:  to cut short <cold weather, which nicked steel and automobile output — Time>
4
:  to catch at the right point or time
6
a slang British :  arrest
b slang British :  steal
intransitive verb
1
:  to make petty attacks :  snipe
2
:  to complement one another genetically and produce superior offspring

Examples of NICK

  1. He was nicked on the shoulder by a bullet.
  2. She was nicked for the theft.
  3. I nicked a couple of cars when I was younger.

First Known Use of NICK

1523

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