Old Nick


Old Nick
.Old 'Nick
n BrE old-fashioned
[Date: 1600-1700; Origin: Perhaps from iniquity]
the Devil

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Old Nick — Old Old, a. [Compar. {Older}; superl. {Oldest}.] [OE. old, ald, AS. ald, eald; akin to D. oud, OS. ald, OFries. ald, old, G. alt, Goth. alpeis, and also to Goth. alan to grow up, Icel. ala to bear, produce, bring up, L. alere to nourish. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Old Nick — can mean: an English appellation of Christian teaching about the Devil Old Nick (beer), from Young s Brewery This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an internal link led you here, you …   Wikipedia

  • Old Nick — Nick Nick (n[i^]k), n. [AS. nicor a marine monster; akin to D. nikker a water spite, Icel. nykr, ONG. nihhus a crocodile, G. nix a water sprite; cf. Gr. ni ptein to wash, Skr. nij. Cf. {Nix}.] (Northern Myth.) An evil spirit of the waters. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Old Nick — noun OLD FASHIONED the DEVIL …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Old Nick — Old′ Nick′ n. inf the devil; Satan • Etymology: 1660–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • Old Nick — ► NOUN ▪ an informal name for the Devil …   English terms dictionary

  • Old Nick — n. [prob. contr. < NICHOLAS1, but ? * nik < Gmc * niq , water sprite, goblin: see NIX1] the Devil; Satan …   English World dictionary

  • Old Nick — noun (Judeo Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of evil and adversary of God; tempter of mankind; master of Hell • Syn: ↑Satan, ↑Devil, ↑Lucifer, ↑Beelzebub, ↑the Tempter, ↑Prince of Darkness • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Old Nick — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Old Nick est le surnom donné au diable en Angleterre. Sommaire 1 Littérature 1.1 Pseudonyme …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Old Nick — British & Australian, old fashioned, humorous the Devil (= the enemy of God in the Christian religion). In his latest film, he plays a gambler who sells his soul to Old Nick in return for winning a fortune …   New idioms dictionary