synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of nail in English

English Online Dictionary. What means nail‎? What does nail mean?

  • enPR: nāl, IPA(key): /neɪl/, [neɪ̯ɫ]
  • Rhymes: -eɪl

From Middle English nail, nayl, Old English næġl, from Proto-West Germanic *nagl, from Proto-Germanic *naglaz, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃nogʰ- (nail).

nail (plural nails)

  1. The thin, horny plate at the ends of fingers and toes on humans and some other animals.
  2. The basal thickened portion of the anterior wings of certain hemiptera.
  3. The terminal horny plate on the beak of ducks, and other allied birds.
  4. The claw of a bird or other animal.
  5. A spike-shaped metal fastener used for joining wood or similar materials. The nail is generally driven through two or more layers of material by means of impacts from a hammer or other device. It is then held in place by friction.
  6. A round pedestal on which merchants once carried out their business, such as the four nails outside The Exchange, Bristol.
  7. An archaic English unit of length equivalent to 120 of an ell or 116 of a yard (2+14 inches or 5.715 cm).
  • claw
  • talon

From Middle English naylen, from Old English næġlan.

nail (third-person singular simple present nails, present participle nailing, simple past and past participle nailed)

  1. (transitive) To fix (an object) to another object using a nail.
    Coordinate terms: pin, rivet, screw; see also Thesaurus:join
  2. (intransitive) To drive a nail.
    Synonym: hammer
  3. (transitive) To stud or boss with nails, or as if with nails.
  4. (slang) To catch.
    Synonyms: arrest, collar, nick; see also Thesaurus:capture
  5. (transitive, slang) To expose as a sham.
  6. (transitive, slang) To accomplish (a task) completely and successfully.
    Synonyms: ace, fullbring, fulfill
    Antonym: screw
  7. (transitive, slang) To hit (a target) effectively with some weapon.
  8. (transitive, vulgar, slang) Of a male, to engage in sexual intercourse with.
    Synonyms: dick, pound, rail, screw; see also Thesaurus:copulate with
  9. (military) To spike, as a cannon.
  10. (transitive) To nail down: to make certain, or confirm.
    Synonyms: clinch, fix, lock down, pin down
  11. (slang, transitive, obsolete) To steal.
  • Wikipedia disambiguation page on both meanings of nail
  • Wikipedia disambiguation page on spike
  • Nail in the Encyclopædia Britannica (11th edition, 1911)
  • I-lan, INLA, Ilan, LNAI, Lain, Lani, Lian, Lina, Nila, anil, lain
  • IPA(key): /nɐi˨˦/


  1. grandmother


  1. snow
  2. ice


  1. Alternative form of nayl

Inherited from Ottoman Turkish نَائِل (nāʾil), from Arabic نَائِل (nāʔil).

  • IPA(key): /naːˈil/
  • Hyphenation: na‧il


  1. Who does or has receive, obtain, attain.
  • “nail”, in Turkish dictionaries, Türk Dil Kurumu
  • Çağbayır, Yaşar (2007) “na’il”, in Ötüken Türkçe Sözlük (in Turkish), Istanbul: Ötüken Neşriyat, page 3479

English nail.

  • (Hà Nội) IPA(key): [new˧˧]
  • (Huế) IPA(key): [new˧˧]
  • (Saigon) IPA(key): [new˧˧]
  • Phonetic spelling: nêu
  • Homophone: nêu


  1. nailcare
    làm nailperform nailcare
    nghề nailnailcare as a profession
  • IPA(key): /nai̯l/


  1. Nasal mutation of dail.

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