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nick (n.)

"notch, groove, slit," mid-15c., nik, nyke, a word of unknown origin, possibly from a variant of Old French niche (see niche). 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. Nick (n.) specifically as "notch of a tally" is attested from late 15c.

nick (v.)

1520s, "to make a notch or notches 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.

Nick

masc. proper name, familiar form of Nicholas. As "the devil" by 1640s, but the reason for that is obscure. Perhaps in this sense it is related to Middle English nycker, niker "water demon, water sprite, mermaid," from Old English nicor (see nixie).

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Definitions of nick from WordNet
1
nick (v.)
cut slightly, with a razor;
The barber's knife nicked his cheek
Synonyms: snick
nick (v.)
cut a nick into;
Synonyms: chip
nick (v.)
divide or reset the tail muscles of;
nick horses
nick (v.)
mate successfully; of livestock;
2
nick (n.)
an impression in a surface (as made by a blow);
Synonyms: dent / ding / gouge
nick (n.)
(British slang) a prison;
he's in the nick
nick (n.)
a small cut;
Synonyms: notch / snick
From wordnet.princeton.edu