Synonyms of nail in English:

nail


See US English definition of nail

See UK English definition of nail

See Spanish definition of clavo

noun

1

SYNONYMS
pin, spike, tack, rivet
hobnail
British panel pin, tin tack
technical brad, sprig, clout nail, sparable

2

SYNONYMS
fingernail, thumbnail, toenail
claw, talon, nipper, pincer
technical unguis, chela

verb

1‘a large blackboard was nailed to the wall’

SYNONYMS
fasten, attach, fix, affix, secure, tack, hammer, pin, post

2‘a device which could help police to nail their suspects’

SYNONYMS
catch, capture, apprehend, arrest, take into custody, seize, take in, bring in
informal collar, nab, cop, run in, pull in, pick up, bust
British informal pinch, nick, nobble

3‘the paper's exclusive pictures had nailed the lie’

SYNONYMS
expose, reveal, uncover, unmask, bring to light, lay bare, smoke something out, unearth, detect, identify
archaic discover

Phrases

    hard as nails


    SYNONYMS
    callous, hard-hearted, heartless, with a heart of stone, stony, stony-hearted, unfeeling, unsympathetic, uncaring, insensitive, unsentimental, cold-hearted, cold, hard-bitten, tough, unforgiving, lacking compassion, uncharitable, inflexible, unbending, implacable
    North American informal badass
    on the nail


    SYNONYMS
    immediately, at once, without delay, straight away, right away, promptly, on the spot, directly, now, this minute
    North American on the barrelhead