verb (used with object)
- to arrest (a criminal or suspect).
- to capture; nab.
- to steal: Someone nicked her pocketbook on the bus.
- nicholson, jack,
- nicht wahr,
- nickel acetate,
- nickel belt ,
- nickel bloom
Origin of nick
Examples from the Web for nick
The incident sparked his belief in Santa, but he would have to wait nearly two decades before dressing up as Jolly St. Nick.Kerry Bentivolio: The Congressman Who Believes in Santa Claus|Ben Jacobs|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Internet media entrepreneur Nick Denton is a person to whom harsh judgments adhere like barnacles.The Gospel According to Nick Denton—What Next For The Gawker Founder?|Lloyd Grove|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For Nick Offerman, of Parks and Recreation, the one is a thing: whiskey.Swimming Owls, Jane Krakowski’s Peter Pan Live! Audition, and More Viral Videos|The Daily Beast Video|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“The majority of it goes to Nick and Owen, to the company,” former RSD instructor Kole told me.
Pointing out that Nick Denton writes and speaks like a literate adult and not like a 14-year-old in remedial English.Rage Against GamerGate’s Hate Machine: What I Got For Speaking Up|Arthur Chu|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was apparent that, seasoned to surprises as they were, Nick's presence took them aback.The Glimpses of the Moon|Edith Wharton
"Some of them make me feel as if I abused it," said Nick, looking at his host.The Tragic Muse|Henry James
That he hath therefore at this nick of time so outraged and wronged me, it cannot be but by the malevolent and wicked spirit.Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.|Francois Rabelais
"Give 'em a month from date in which to find the animals," replied Nick.The Sweep Winner|Nat Gould
"Wait just one moment, and I then may be able to tell you," said Nick, rising.With Links of Steel|Nicholas Carter
- to steal
- to take into legal custody; arrest
Word Origin for nick
Word Origin for nick
"notch, groove, slit," late 15c., nyke, of unknown origin, possibly influenced by Middle French niche (see niche), or from it. Nick of time is first attested 1640s (nick of opportunity is 1610s), possibly from an old custom of recording time as it passed by making notches on a tally stick, though nick in the general sense of "critical moment" is older (1570s, Hanmer, who adds "as commonly we say") than the phrase.
1520s, "to make a notch in," from nick (n.). Sense of "to steal" is from 1869, probably from earlier slang sense of "to catch, take unawares, arrest" (1620s). The precise sense connection is unclear. Related: Nicked; nicking.
masc. proper name, familiar form of Nicholas. As "the devil" by 1640s, but the reason for it is obscure.
see in the nick of time.