Antonyms for nailed

Grammar : Verb
Spell : neyl
Phonetic Transcription : neɪl

Definition of nailed

Origin :
  • Old English negel "metal pin," nægl "fingernail (handnægl), toenail," from Proto-Germanic *naglaz (cf. Old Norse nagl "fingernail," nagli "metal nail;" Old Saxon and Old High German nagel, Old Frisian neil, Middle Dutch naghel, Dutch nagel, German Nagel "fingernail, small metal spike"), from PIE root *(o)nogh "nail" (cf. Greek onyx "claw, fingernail;" Latin unguis "nail, claw;" Old Church Slavonic noga "foot," noguti "nail, claw;" Lithuanian naga "hoof," nagutis "fingernail;" Old Irish ingen, Old Welsh eguin "nail, claw").
  • The "fingernail" sense seems to be the original one. Nail polish attested from 1891. To bite one's nails as a sign of anxiety is attested from 1570s. Nail-biting is from 1805. Hard as nails is from 1828. To hit the nail on the head "say or do just the right thing" is first recorded 1520s. Phrase on the nail "on the spot, exactly" is from 1590s, of obscure origin; OED says it is not even certain it belongs to this sense of nail.
  • verb fasten, fix with pointed object
  • verb capture, arrest
Example sentences :
  • He was nailed to a cross, and left suspended there till He died.
  • Extract from : « An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism » by Joseph Stump
  • It was to him like the sound made by a nailed boot upon rock.
  • Extract from : « The Slave Of The Lamp » by Henry Seton Merriman
  • And on the wall hung a fish, nailed against it with four nails.
  • Extract from : « The Chinese Fairy Book » by Various
  • It'll take him over an hour to do it, the boards will be nailed so cussedly tight.
  • Extract from : « The Harbor » by Ernest Poole
  • Nailed several anti-saloon and burlesque planks in his platform.
  • Extract from : « Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date » by Anonymous
  • The vices again flourish which had been nailed to the Cross.
  • Extract from : « Bunyan » by James Anthony Froude
  • When they had agreed, it appeared that one of his ears was nailed at the pillory in Bristol.
  • Extract from : « The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; » by Various
  • He had run across the plateau; now the nailed boots were ringing on rock.
  • Extract from : « The Princess Virginia » by C. N. Williamson
  • Shakes were used for shingles, and even––when nailed on frames––for doors.
  • Extract from : « The Boy Settlers » by Noah Brooks
  • It was surprising how quickly and how completely he had nailed it.
  • Extract from : « The Paliser case » by Edgar Saltus

Synonyms for nailed

Based on : - - - Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019