(noun, verb)


1. an impression in a surface (as made by a blow)

Similar word(s): dent, ding, gouge

Definition categories: attribute, blemish, defect, mar

2. (British slang) a prison

- he's in the nick

Definition categories: man–made, prison

3. a small cut

Similar word(s): notch, snick

Definition categories: act, cut, cutting

Sentences with nick as a noun:

- in the nick of time

- a user's reserved nick on an IRC network

- The car I bought was cheap and in good nick.

- He was arrested and taken down to Sun Hill nick [police station] to be charged.

- He's just been released from Shadwell nick [prison] after doing ten years for attempted murder.


1. cut slightly, with a razor

- The barber's knife nicked his cheek

Similar word(s): snick

Definition categories: contact, cut

2. cut a nick into

Similar word(s): chip

Definition categories: contact, cut

3. divide or reset the tail muscles of

- nick horses

Definition categories: change, alter, modify

4. mate successfully; of livestock

Definition categories: body, copulate, couple, mate, pair

Sentences with nick as a verb:

- I nicked myself while I was shaving.

- Someone's nicked my bike!

- The police nicked him climbing over the fence of the house he'd broken into.