- 1[transitive] nick something/yourself to make a small cut in something He nicked himself while shaving.
- 2[transitive] nick something (from somebody/something) (British English, informal) to steal something synonym pinch Who nicked my pen? See related entries: Committing crime
- 3[transitive] nick somebody (for something) (British English, informal) to arrest somebody for committing a crime You're nicked!
- 4[intransitive] + adv./prep. (Australian English, New Zealand English, informal) to go somewhere quickly Word Origin late Middle English: of unknown origin.Extra examples kids trying to nick anything they can get their hands on kids who’ve been nicked for shoplifting I nicked my finger opening the tin.
BrE BrE//nɪk//; NAmE NAmE//nɪk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they nick
BrE BrE//nɪk//; NAmE NAmE//nɪk//he / she / it nicks
BrE BrE//nɪks//; NAmE NAmE//nɪks//past simple nicked
BrE BrE//nɪkt//; NAmE NAmE//nɪkt//past participle nicked
BrE BrE//nɪkt//; NAmE NAmE//nɪkt//-ing form nicking
BrE BrE//ˈnɪkɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪkɪŋ//Committing crime