nip

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1nip

verb \ˈnip\
nippednip·ping

Definition of NIP

transitive verb
1
a :  to catch hold of and squeeze tightly between two surfaces, edges, or points :  pinch, bite <the dog nipped his ankle>
b :  to pinch in (as a garment) <a dress nipped at the waist>
2
a :  to sever by or as if by pinching sharply
b :  to destroy the growth, progress, or fulfillment of <nipped in the bud>
3
:  to injure or make numb with cold :  chill
4
:  snatch, steal
5
:  to defeat by a small margin
intransitive verb
1
:  to move briskly, nimbly, or quickly
2
chiefly British :  to make a quick trip

Origin of NIP

Middle English nippen; akin to Middle Dutch nipen to pinch, Old Norse hnippa to prod
First Known Use: 14th century

2nip

noun

Definition of NIP

1
:  something that nips: as
a archaic :  a sharp biting comment
b :  a sharp stinging cold <a nip in the air>
c :  a biting or pungent flavor :  tang
2
:  the act of nipping :  pinch, bite
3
:  the region of a squeezing or crushing device (as a calender) where the rolls or jaws are closest together
4
:  a small portion

First Known Use of NIP

1549

3nip

noun

Definition of NIP

:  a small quantity of liquor :  sip; also :  a very small bottle of liquor

Origin of NIP

probably from nipperkin, a liquor container
First Known Use: circa 1796

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms

finish, gimlet, mull, sake, setup, sommelier, syllabub, vintner, wassail

4nip

verb
nippednip·ping

Definition of NIP

intransitive verb
:  to take liquor in nips :  tipple

First Known Use of NIP

1887

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms

finish, gimlet, mull, sake, setup, sommelier, syllabub, vintner, wassail

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