1. [mid-16C–19C] to win at gambling, orig. dice or cards (esp. by cheating).
2. [17C+] to catch, take unawares.
3. [17C+] (UK Und., also do a nick) to rob, to steal.
4. [late 17C+] to cheat, to swindle.
5. [early 18C-early 19C] to comprehend.
6. [mid-18C+] to apprehend, to arrest; thus nicked adj.1
7. [late 18C] in fig. use of sense 1, to win other than in gambling.
8. [late 19C] to appeal to, to capture one’s interest.
9. [late 19C–1960s] (orig. US) to demand, to beg.
10. to earn, the implication is of undeservedly.
11. [1910s–30s] a weak use of the senses of to rob and to cheat above, to charge, with implication of excessive price.
12. to deprive of, to cost.
13. [1970s] (US) to find fault with someone.
14. (UK Und.) to seduce.
[1990s+] worth stealing.
[1970s] (US) criticisms.
1. [early 17C–19C] to win, usu. by good fortune or cheating.
2. [mid-17C–early 18C] (also nick the pin) to drink fairly, i.e. not taking more than one’s share of the tankard (which was marked by pins).
[1970s] going stealing.