Definitions for NIPnɪp

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nipnɪp(v.; n.)nipped, nip•ping

  1. (v.t.)to compress tightly between two surfaces or points; pinch; bite.

  2. to sever by pinching, biting, or snipping.

  3. to check in development.

  4. to affect sharply and painfully or injuriously, as cold does.

  5. to snatch away suddenly.

  6. to steal or pilfer.

  7. (v.i.)Chiefly Brit. to step or move nimbly.

    Category: British

  8. (n.)an act of nipping.

  9. a biting quality, as of frosty air.

  10. sharp cold.

  11. a sharp or biting remark.

  12. a biting taste or tang.

  13. a small bit or quantity of anything; pinch; small bite.

Idioms for nip:

  1. nip and tuck,closely contested, esp. with competitors alternately gaining advantage.

    Category: Idiom

  2. nip in the bud,to stop (something) before it can develop or mature: an ambitious project nipped in the bud.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of nip:

1350–1400; ME nyppen to pinch < ON hnippa to poke, thrust

nipnɪp(n.; v.)nipped, nip•ping.

  1. (n.)a small drink of alcoholic liquor; sip.

  2. Category: British

    Ref: Chiefly Brit. split (def. 20). 1 29

  3. (v.i.)to drink alcoholic liquor in small sips, esp. repeatedly.

Origin of nip:

1690–1700; < D nippen to sip; (def. 2 ) short for earlier nipperkin vessel holding half-pint or less

Nipnɪp(n.; adj.)

Origin of Nip:

short for Nipponese

Princeton's WordNet

  1. nip, shot(noun)

    a small drink of liquor

    "he poured a shot of whiskey"

  2. relish, flavor, flavour, sapidity, savor, savour, smack, nip, tang(noun)

    the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth

  3. chilliness, coolness, nip(noun)

    the property of being moderately cold

    "the chilliness of early morning"

  4. nip, piquance, piquancy, piquantness, tang, tanginess, zest(noun)

    a tart spicy quality

  5. nip, pinch(verb)

    a small sharp bite or snip

  6. pinch, squeeze, twinge, tweet, nip, twitch(verb)

    squeeze tightly between the fingers

    "He pinched her behind"; "She squeezed the bottle"

  7. nip(verb)

    give a small sharp bite to

    "The Queen's corgis always nip at her staff's ankles"

  8. nip, nip off, clip, snip, snip off(verb)

    sever or remove by pinching or snipping

    "nip off the flowers"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. nip(verb)ɪp

    to give a small bite

    The puppy nipped me on the leg.

  2. nipɪp

    to quickly go somewhere nearby

    I'll just nip out and get some milk.


  1. nip(Verb)

    To make a quick, short journey or errand; usually roundtrip.

    Why donu2019t you nip down to the groceru2019s for some milk?

  2. Nip(Noun)

    A Japanese person

  3. Origin: Probably from a form of nipen. Cognate with nive; knipen; kneipen and kneifen, hnippa; knebti.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nip(noun)

    a sip or small draught; esp., a draught of intoxicating liquor; a dram

  2. Nip(verb)

    to catch and inclose or compress tightly between two surfaces, or points which are brought together or closed; to pinch; to close in upon

  3. Nip(verb)

    to remove by pinching, biting, or cutting with two meeting edges of anything; to clip

  4. Nip(verb)

    hence: To blast, as by frost; to check the growth or vigor of; to destroy

  5. Nip(verb)

    to vex or pain, as by nipping; hence, to taunt

  6. Nip(noun)

    a seizing or closing in upon; a pinching; as, in the northern seas, the nip of masses of ice

  7. Nip(noun)

    a pinch with the nails or teeth

  8. Nip(noun)

    a small cut, or a cutting off the end

  9. Nip(noun)

    a blast; a killing of the ends of plants by frost

  10. Nip(noun)

    a biting sarcasm; a taunt

  11. Nip(noun)

    a short turn in a rope

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. NIP

    Something bracing from without or within When felt in the air, it's a frost. When found in a glass, a life saver.

Anagrams of NIP

  1. NPI

  2. pin, PIN

Translations for NIP

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the act of pinching or biting

His dog gave her a nip on the ankle.

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