15+ Slang Words For Nails (And How To Use Them)

Nails are the tough materials found at the tip of your fingers and toes. Because of how different they are than the rest of your body, they deserve due maintenance and even eye-catching aesthetics. Clean, color, and don't forget to use the slang words below in reference to nails. 

Slang Words for Nails (in Alphabetical Order)

Claw 

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) A pointy yet curvy nail of animals. 
  • Example: The eagles' sharp claws scratched the tree branch it was sitting on.

Clipped

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) Nails that are cut for hygienic purposes.
  • Example: The kindergarten teacher regularly inspects clipped nails because unclipped ones can make the children wound each other.

Fishicure

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A cleaning treatment for dead nail and skin layers by having little fish gnaw on them. 
  • Example: The ladies spent an hour on the spa’s fishicure.

French Tip

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A nail style of evening out the tips and enhancing natural colors.
  • Example: Diana doesn’t want anything flashy for her fingernails. She just wants to have a French tip.

Ghetticure

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A portmanteau of ghetto and pedicure, this is a slang term for nail art.
  • Example: Leslie got her ghetticure from the famous nail salon.

Ingrown

Meaning:

  • (Noun) The growth into a soft flesh of a nail’s brnk.
  • Example:Gerard’s ingrown hurt them this much so.he had it professionally removed.

Keratin

Meaning:

  • (Noun) The material that makes one’s nails hard.
  • Example: Mike’s easily chipped nails makes him worry of his keratin levels.

Lipstick

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) A nail shape cut to the form of a lipstick.
  • Example: Chloe’s lipstick nails are scary.

Mani-Pedi

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A rhyming slang for “manicure and pedicure”.
  • Example: MIdge treated the girls to mani-pedi sessions.

Nailed It

Meaning:

  • (Verb) A popular slang for getting or making something on point.
  • Example: Ashley nailed it when he could sing all the high tones.

Onychophagy

Meaning:

  • (Noun) The medical condition for nail-biting.
  • Example: Onychophagy can be a symptom of PTSD.

Pedibling

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A humorous slang for combining the words “pedicure” and “bling” together. Pedibling is to end up with costly and eye-demanding nails. 
  • Example: Even without my aunt knowing, her pedibling made her whole outfit expensive.

Pincer

Meaning:

  • (Noun) The crab-like hands. 
  • Example: The crab’s pincers were elegantly plated on the restaurant dish.

Squoval

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A portmanteau of “square” and “oval”, squoval is a popular shape among nail enthusiasts.
  • Example: All the squad members asked for squoval nails to commemorate their friendship.

Stiletto

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) Incredibly long and sharp nails.
  • Example: Female rappers are often seen with fake stiletto nails for big music events.

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