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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rogue; one given to mischievous tricks.


From Scots nickum, a suffixed form of Nick. (Wiktionary)


  • "Come oot o 'the gutter, ye nickum!" cried, in harsh, half-masculine voice, a woman standing on the curbstone of a short, narrow, dirty lane, at right angles to an important thoroughfare, itself none of the widest or cleanest.

    Sir Gibbie

  • I wonner that ye tak sic pains wi 'me, sir, whan I was sic a nickum. "

    Alec Forbes of Howglen


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