What does nip mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nip, shotnoun

    a small drink of liquor

    "he poured a shot of whiskey"

  2. relish, flavor, flavour, sapidity, savor, savour, smack, nip, tangnoun

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

  3. chilliness, coolness, nipnoun

    the property of being moderately cold

    "the chilliness of early morning"

  4. nip, piquance, piquancy, piquantness, tang, tanginess, zestnoun

    a tart spicy quality

  5. nip, pinchverb

    a small sharp bite or snip

  6. pinch, squeeze, twinge, tweet, nip, twitchverb

    squeeze tightly between the fingers

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

  7. nipverb

    give a small sharp bite to

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

  8. nip, nip off, clip, snip, snip offverb

    sever or remove by pinching or snipping

    "nip off the flowers"


  1. nipverb

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

    Why don't you nip down to the grocer's for some milk?

  2. Nipnoun

    A Japanese person

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Nipnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    I am sharply taunted, yea, sometimes with pinches, nips, and bobs. Roger Ascham, Schoolmaster.

    What this a sleeve? ’tis like a demicannon;
    What up and down carv’d like an apple-tart?
    Here’s snip, and nip, and cut, and flish, and flash,
    Like to a censer in a barber’s shop. William Shakespeare.

    So hasty fruits and too ambitious flow’rs,
    Scorning the midwifry of rip’ning show’rs,
    In spight of frosts, spring from th’ unwilling earth,
    But find a nip untimely as their birth. George Stepney.

  2. To NIPverb

    Etymology: nijpen, Dutch.

    In oranges and lemons, the nipping of their rind giveth out their smell more. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist. №. 388.

    The small shoots that extract the sap of the most leading branches, must be nipt off. John Mortimer, Husb.

    This is the state of man; to-day he puts forth
    The tender leaves of hopes, to-morrow blossoms,
    And bears his blushing honours thick upon him;
    The third day comes a frost, a killing frost;
    And when he thinks, good easy man, full surely
    His greatness is a ripening, nips his root;
    And then he falls as I do. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    A flower doth spread and dye,
    Thou would’st extend me to some good,
    Before I were by frost’s extremity nipt in the bud. Herb.

    His delivery now proves
    Abortive, as the first-born bloom of spring,
    Nipt with the lagging rear of winter’s frost. John Milton.

    Had he not been nipped in the bud, he might have made a formidable figure in his own works among posterity. Add.

    From such encouragement it is easy to guess to what perfection I might have brought this great work, had it not been nipt in the bud. John Arbuthnot, John Bull.

    The air bites shrewdly, it is very cold. ——
    —— It is a nipping and an eager air. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    When isicles hang by the wall,
    And Dick the shepherd blows his nail;
    When blood is nipt, and ways be foul,
    Then nighty sings the staring owl. William Shakespeare, Love’s L. Lost.

    And sharp remorse his heart did prick and nip,
    That drops of blood thence like a well did play. Fairy Q.

    But the right gentle mind would bite his lip
    To hear the javel so good men to nip. Hubberd’s Tale.

    Quick wits commonly be in desire new-fangled; in purpose unconstant; bold with any person; busy in every matter; soothing such as be present, nipping any that is absent. Roger Ascham, Schoolmaster.


  1. nip

    A nip is a small bite or a sharp, quick pinching or biting action. Alternatively, it can also refer to a small amount of a strong liquid, especially spirits such as whiskey, consumed in one swallow.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nipnoun

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

  2. Nipverb

    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. Nipverb

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

  4. Nipverb

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

  5. Nipverb

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

  6. Nipnoun

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

  7. Nipnoun

    a pinch with the nails or teeth

  8. Nipnoun

    a small cut, or a cutting off the end

  9. Nipnoun

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

  10. Nipnoun

    a biting sarcasm; a taunt

  11. Nipnoun

    a short turn in a rope

  12. Etymology: [OE. nipen; cf. D. niipen to pinch, also knippen to nip, clip, pinch, snap, knijpen to pinch, LG. knipen, G. kneipen, kneifen, to pinch, cut off, nip, Lith. knebti.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nip

    nip, n. a sip, esp. of spirits—also Nip′per (U.S.).—v.i. to take a dram.—n. Nip′perkin, a small measure of liquor. [Dut. nippen, to sip.]

  2. Nip

    nip, v.t. to pinch: to press between two surfaces: to cut off the edge: to check the growth or vigour of: to destroy: to bite, sting, satirise:—pr.p. nip′ping; pa.t. and pa.p. nipped.—n. a pinch: a seizing or closing in upon: a cutting off the end: a blast: destruction by frost: (min.) a more or less gradual thinning out of a stratum: (naut.) a short turn in a rope, the part of a rope at the place bound by the seizing or caught by jambing.—ns. Nip′-cheese, a stingy fellow: (naut.) the purser's steward; Nip′per, he who, or that which, nips: one of various tools or implements like pincers: one of a pair of automatically locking handcuffs: a chela or great claw, as of a crab: the young bluefish: a boy who attends on navvies: (obs.) a thief: one of the four fore-teeth of a horse: (pl.) small pincers.—v.t. to seize (two ropes) together.—adv. Nip′pingly.—Nip in the bud, to cut off in the earliest stage. [From root of knife; Dut. knijpen, Ger. kneipen, to pinch.]

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. nip

    A short turn in a rope. Also, a fishing term for a bite. In Arctic parlance, a nip is when two floes in motion crush by their opposite edges a vessel unhappily entrapped. Also, the parts of a rope at the place bound by the seizing, or caught by jambing. Also, Nip in the hawse; hence "freshen the nip," by veering a few feet of the service into the hawse.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. NIP

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Nip is ranked #55962 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Nip surname appeared 366 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Nip.

    80.6% or 295 total occurrences were Asian.
    8.7% or 32 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    7.1% or 26 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    3.5% or 13 total occurrences were White.

Anagrams for nip »

  1. pin

  2. PIN

  3. NPI

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nip in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nip in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of nip in a Sentence

  1. Terry McAuliffe:

    We had Donald Trump here for four years. He drove Democratic turnout, donald Trump is not president anymore. ... It's going to be very close. It's going to be nip and tuck. This is going to be a battle. ... You bet it's going to be close.

  2. High Court:

    The government is obliged to take all lawful measures to nip acts of terrorism in the bud, and such measures ought to be supported by Kenyans of all walks of life, such moves, however, must pass constitutional and legal muster.

  3. Snoop Dogg:

    For God so loved the world, that he gave us a good Crip, the late great neighborhood Nip. Rest in peace.

  4. Hugh Jackman:

    We love every flavor, some of us even like it with a little nip added. But more importantly, we love the woman who created it, Blake Lively. You are a one-of-a-kind, Blake, you are just fun. You are creative. You are sunshine seven days a week. And you're a saint for marrying the man. Sorry, not sorry.

  5. Rick Wilson:

    There's an awful lot of interest now in making certain that Donald Trump doesn't lead to the inevitable election of either Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden by a number of interested conservative outside parties, this has to be like shark attacks. Nip. Nip. Blood. Nip. Blood. Blood. Blood. A feeding frenzy.

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