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Definitions for nipple
ˈnɪp əlnip·ple

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nipple, mammilla, mamilla, pap, teat, titnoun

    the small projection of a mammary gland

  2. nipplenoun

    a flexible cap on a baby's feeding bottle or pacifier


  1. nipplenoun

    The projection of a mammary gland from which, on female mammals, milk is secreted.

  2. nipplenoun

    An artificial nipple (definition 1) used for bottle-feeding infants.

  3. nipplenoun

    A mechanical device through which liquids can be passed in a regulated manner.

  4. nipplenoun

    A short tube threaded at both ends, used as a connector.

    Turn the nipples on to the bicycle spokes only one turn, for each spoke on the new wheel all the way around until they are all snug, then check alignment.

  5. nipplenoun

    Any small physical protrusion, such as the lumps on the F and J keys on American keyboards.

  6. nipplenoun

    Any small physical protrusion on an automotive, a machine part or any other part that fits into a groove on another part.

  7. Etymology: From earlier neple, nypil, *, believed to be a diminutive of nib, neb, equivalent to.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. NIPPLEnoun

    Etymology: nypele , Saxon.

    Tho’ tender ’tis to love the babe that milks me. ——
    I would, while it was smiling in my face,
    Have pluckt my nipple from his boneless gums. William Shakespeare.

    In creatures that nourish their young with milk, are adapted the nipples of the breast to the mouth and organs of suction. John Ray, on the Creation.

    In most other birds there is only one gland, in which are divers little cells ending in two or three larger cells, lying under the nipple of the oil bag. William Derham, Physico Theol.


  1. Nipple

    The nipple is a raised region of tissue on the surface of the breast from which, in females, milk leaves the breast through the lactiferous ducts to feed an infant. The milk can flow through the nipple passively or it can be ejected by smooth muscle contractions that occur along with the ductal system. Male mammals also have nipples but without the same level of function, and often surrounded by body hair. The nipple is surrounded by the areola, which is often a darker colour than the surrounding skin. A nipple is often called a teat when referring to non-humans. "Nipple" or "teat" can also be used to describe the flexible mouthpiece of a baby bottle. In humans, the nipples of both males and females can be stimulated as part of sexual arousal. In many cultures, particularly Western culture, human female nipples are sexualized, which can lead to the sexual objectification of women. Some cultures have little to no sexualization of the nipple, and going topless presents no barrier.


  1. nipple

    A nipple is a rounded protuberance or projection found on the chest of both male and female mammals. In females, it is part of the breast anatomy involved in lactation, from which milk is secreted to feed infants. The area around the nipple is known as the areola. Nipples can also refer to similar projections on objects.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nipplenoun

    the protuberance through which milk is drawn from the breast or mamma; the mammilla; a teat; a pap

  2. Nipplenoun

    the orifice at which any animal liquid, as the oil from an oil bag, is discharged

  3. Nipplenoun

    any small projection or article in which there is an orifice for discharging a fluid, or for other purposes; as, the nipple of a nursing bottle; the nipple of a percussion lock, or that part on which the cap is put and through which the fire passes to the charge

  4. Nipplenoun

    a pipe fitting, consisting of a short piece of pipe, usually provided with a screw thread at each end, for connecting two other fittings

  5. Etymology: [Formerly neble, a dim. of neb. See Neb, Nib.]


  1. Nipple

    In its most general form, a nipple is a structure from which a fluid emanates. More specifically, it is the projection on the breasts or udder of a mammal by which breast milk is delivered to a mother's young. In this sense, it is often called a teat, especially when referring to non-humans, and the medical term used to refer to it is papilla. The rubber mouthpiece of a baby bottle or pacifier may also be referred to as a "nipple" or a "teat". In many cultures, female nipples are considered an erogenous zone and it is considered a public indecency to uncover them in public.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nipple

    nip′l, n. the pap by which milk is drawn from the breasts of females: a teat: a small projection with an orifice, as the nipple of a gun.—v.t. to furnish with a nipple.—ns. Nipp′le-shield, a defence for the nipple worn by nursing women; Nipp′le-wort, a small, yellow-flowered plant of remedial use. [A dim. of neb or nib.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. nipple

    In ship-building. Another name for knuckle (which see). Also, the nipple of a gun or musket lock; the perforated projection which receives the percussion-cap.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. nipple

    Any small projection in which there is an orifice for discharging a fluid, or for other purposes, as the nipple of a percussion-lock, or that part on which the cap is put to be fired.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Nipple is ranked #62903 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Nipple surname appeared 318 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Nipple.

    85.2% or 271 total occurrences were White.
    11.3% or 36 total occurrences were Black.
    1.5% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nipple in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nipple in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of nipple in a Sentence

  1. Irene Zoppi:

    It’s the tongue that does most of the work holding onto the nipple and the breast.

  2. Jen Psaki:

    We were actually about to wrap this meeting up because it was clearly a bad idea, hey, don't do that. Don't just yank the plunger off the nipple like that.

  3. Irene Zoppi:

    Instead of grasping the breast and the nipple, the baby could be using a chewing-like motion.

  4. Amanda Bouldin:

    No disrespect, but your nipple would be the last one I would want to see ... You want to turn our family beach's into a pervert show.

  5. Barry Komisaruk:

    Nipple stimulation activates the same sensory brain region as clitoral, vaginal, and cervical stimulation.

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    an utterance expressing pain or disapproval
    A distinguish
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