American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The Devil; Satan. See Regional Note at Old Scratch.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. [Colloq.] the evil one; the devil.
- adj. the devil.
- n. (Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of evil and adversary of God; tempter of mankind; master of Hell
“I'd back him against Old Nick himself for snow-bucking and ice-travel.”
“Sir Clement very much approved of the proposal; and we then went into the house, where he had a very grave reception from Mrs. Mirvan, who is by no means pleased with his visit, and a look of much discontent from Madame Duval, who said to me in a low voice, "I'd as soon have seen Old Nick as that man, for he's the most impertinentest person in the world, and isn't never of my side.”
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