Old Nick


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: ↑devilize (for: ↑Devil), ↑Satanic (for: ↑Satan)
Topics:
Instance Hypernyms: ↑spiritual being, ↑supernatural being

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noun
Usage: usually capitalized O&N
: the personification of evil : devil, satan — called also Old Boy, Old Gooseberry, Old Harry, Old One, Old Scratch, Old Serpent

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the devil; Satan.
[1660-70]

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Old Harry, Old Nick, Old One, Old Poker or Old Scratch noun
The Devil
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Old Nick see ↑Old Harry above, and ↑Nick
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Old Nick UK US noun old-fashioned
the devil
Thesaurus: devil and worshipping the devilsynonym miscellaneous religions and their membershyponym

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[nik]
an informal name for the Devil
Origin:
mid 17th cent.: probably from a nickname for the given name Nicholas

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/ˈoʊldˈnık/ noun
chiefly Brit old-fashioned — used as a name of the devil

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ˌOld ˈNick noun (old-fashioned, humorous)
the Devil
 
Word Origin:
[Old Nick] mid 17th cent.: probably from a familiar form of the given name Nicholas.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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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 — n BrE old fashioned [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: Perhaps from iniquity] the Devil …   Dictionary of contemporary 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 — 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