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pip

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noun \ˈpip\

Definition of pip

  1. 1 a :  a disorder of a bird marked by formation of a scale or crust on the tongue b :  the scale or crust of this disorder

  2. 2 a :  any of various human ailments; especially :  a slight nonspecific disorder b chiefly British :  a feeling of irritation or annoyance



Origin and Etymology of pip

Middle English pippe, from Middle Dutch (akin to Old High German pfiffīz), from Vulgar Latin *pipita, alteration of Latin pituita phlegm, pip; perhaps akin to Greek pitys pine — more at pine


First Known Use: 15th century


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pip

verb

Definition of pip

pipped

pipping

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  1peep 1

  3. 2 :  to break through the shell of the egg <the chick pipped>

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to break open (the shell of an egg) in hatching



Origin and Etymology of pip

imitative


First Known Use: 1598


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pip

noun

Definition of pip

  1. 1 a :  one of the dots used on dice and dominoes to indicate numerical value b :  spot 2c

  2. 2 a :  spot, speck b :  1spike 6a; also :  blip

  3. 3 :  an individual rootstock of the lily of the valley

  4. 4 :  a diamond-shaped insignia of rank worn by a second lieutenant, lieutenant, or captain in the British army



Origin and Etymology of pip

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1604


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pip

noun

Definition of pip

  1. 1 :  a small fruit seed; especially :  one of a several-seeded fleshy fruit

  2. 2 :  one extraordinary of its kind



Origin and Etymology of pip

short for pippin


First Known Use: 1797


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pip

verb

Definition of pip

pipped

pipping

British

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to beat by a narrow margin



Origin and Etymology of pip

probably from pip to blackball, from 3pip or 4pip


First Known Use: 1880


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pip

noun

Definition of pip

chiefly British

  1. :  a short high-pitched tone



Origin and Etymology of pip

imitative


First Known Use: 1907


Medical Dictionary

pip

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noun \ˈpip\

Medical Definition of pip

  1. :  the formation of a scale or crust on the tip and dorsal surface of the tongue of a bird often associated with respiratory diseases; also :  the scale or crust itself





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