Definition of nail-like in US English:

nail-like

adjective

  • 1Resembling a metal nail in shape or function.

  • 2Resembling a human or animal nail in appearance or function.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Charles Dibdin (bap. 1745, d. 1814), actor, composer, and writer. From nail + -like.

Pronunciation

nail-like

/ˈneɪllʌɪk/