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3 letters words from 'nail'

NIL 3 

2 letters words from 'nail'

AI 2AL 2
AN 2IN 2
LA 2LI 2
NA 2 

All 4 letters words made out of nail

nail anil nial inal ainl ianl nali anli nlai lnai alni lani nila inla nlia lnia ilna lina ailn ialn alin lain ilan lian

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Definitions and meaning of nail



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

Etymology 1

From Middle English nail, nayl, Old English næġl, from Proto-Germanic *naglaz (compare Saterland Frisian Nail (nail), West Frisian neil, Low German Nagel, Dutch nagel, German Nagel, Danish negl, Swedish nagel), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃nogʰ- (nail) (compare Irish ionga, Latin unguis, Albanian nyell (ankle, hard part of a limb), Lithuanian nagas, Russian нога́ (nogá, foot, leg), но́готь (nógotʹ, nail), Ancient Greek ὄνυξ (ónux), Persian ناخن(nâxon), Sanskrit नख (nakhá)).


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).
Derived terms

See also

  • claw
  • talon

Etymology 2

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.
    Synonyms: 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.
    • The rivets of their arms were nail'd with gold.
  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
  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. To spike, as a cannon.
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  10. (transitive) To nail down: to make certain, or confirm.
    Synonyms: clinch, fix, lock down, pin down

See also

  • 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˨˦/

Etymology 1



  1. grandmother

Etymology 2



  1. snow
  2. ice

Middle English



  1. Alternative form of nayl



  • IPA(key): /nai̯l/



  1. Nasal mutation of dail.


  • to fasten with a long slender piece of metal.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)