from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A rogue; one given to mischievous tricks.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Scots nickum, a suffixed form of Nick.


  • "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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