verb (used with object)
- to arrest (a criminal or suspect).
- to capture; nab.
- to steal: Someone nicked her pocketbook on the bus.
Origin of nick
Related Words for nickknock, cut, indent, dent, damage, mark, slit, score, dint, jag, mill, notch, scar
Examples from the Web for nick
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 24, 2014
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?
December 14, 2014
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
“The majority of it goes to Nick and Owen, to the company,” former RSD instructor Kole told me.The Secret World of Pickup Artist Julien Blanc
December 1, 2014
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
November 17, 2014
Historical Examples of nick
Well done Nick, and the divil a betther could it be said if I said it myself.
The case of Nick, although sore enough in its way, was not so heartrending as that of Kate.
Young Nick's Hattie was forty-five, but she looked much younger.Tiverton Tales
Mr. Cruncher, with some diffidence, explained himself as meaning "Old Nick's."A Tale of Two Cities
There was a time when Twigger would have replied, ‘Well, Nick!’The Mudfog and Other Sketches
- 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.