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Dictionary Definition



1 an impression in a surface (as made by a blow) [syn: dent, gouge]
2 a small cut [syn: notch, snick]


1 cut slightly, with a razor; "The barber's knife nicked his cheek" [syn: snick]
2 cut a nick into [syn: chip]
3 divide or reset the tail muscles of; "nick horses"
4 mate successfully; of livestock

User Contributed Dictionary

see Nick




  1. A small cut in a surface
  2. 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)
  3. a small deflection of the ball off the edge of the bat, often going to the wicket-keeper for a catch
  4. a shortened form of "nickname"


A small cut in a surface


  1. To make a nick in, especially unintentionally.
    I nicked myself while I was shaving.
  2. transitive slang To steal.
    Someone's nicked my bike!
  3. To arrest.
    The police nicked him climbing over the fence of the house he'd broken into.
  4. transitive cricket to hit the ball with the edge of the bat and produce a fine deflection


To steal

Derived terms



  1. nothing



Etymology 1


  1. header (in football)
  2. nod (movement of the head to indicate agreement)
Derived terms

Etymology 2

From the English nickname


  1. nick, nickname

Extensive Definition

Nick may refer to one of the following:

See also

nick in German: Nick
nick in Spanish: Nick
nick in French: Nick
nick in Portuguese: Nick

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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