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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
NIP Defined for Kids

1nip

verb \ˈnip\
nippednip·ping

Definition of NIP for Kids

1
:  to bite or pinch lightly <The dog nipped at my ankles.>
2
:  to injure or make numb with cold <A chill wind was blowing that nipped him sharply … — Jack London, The Call of the Wild>
3
:  to remove or cut off by or as if by pinching <Nip off the flower bud with your fingers.>
4
:  to move quickly <I nipped upstairs to fetch my book.>
nip (something) in the bud
:  to stop (something) right away so it does not become a problem

2nip

noun

Definition of NIP for Kids

:  a light bite or pinch <The dog gave me a nip on the leg.>

3nip

noun

Definition of NIP for Kids

:  a small amount of liquor

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