\ ˈdrip How to pronounce drip (audio) \
dripped; dripping

Definition of drip

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to let fall in drops a brush dripping paint
2 : to let out or seem to spill copiously her voice dripping sarcasm trees dripping Spanish moss

intransitive verb

1a : to let fall drops of moisture or liquid wet clothes dripping onto the floor
b : to overflow with or as if with moisture stories dripping with pop-culture references toast dripping with butter
2 : to fall in or as if in drops let the excess drip off
3 : to waft or pass gently



Definition of drip (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : a part of a cornice or other member that projects to throw off rainwater also : an overlapping metal strip or an underneath groove for the same purpose
2a : a falling in drops
b : liquid that falls, overflows, or is extruded in drops a pan to catch drips
3 : the sound made by or as if by falling drops
4 : a device for the administration of a fluid at a slow rate especially into a vein also : a material so administered
5 : a dull or unattractive person



Definition of drip (Entry 3 of 4)

: of, relating to, or being coffee made by letting boiling water drip slowly through finely ground coffee drip coffee a drip pot

Definition of DRIP (Entry 4 of 4)

dividend reinvestment plan

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Other Words from drip


dripper noun

Synonyms for drip

Synonyms: Verb

distill (also distil), dribble, drop, trickle

Synonyms: Noun

bore, drag, droner, dullsville, nudnik (also nudnick), snooze, snoozer, yawn, yawner

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Examples of drip in a Sentence


Water dripped from a leak in the ceiling. Blood dripped down his leg from the cut. Hot wax dripped onto my fingers. The pine trees dripped sap onto the cars. The kids dripped water all over the house.


Drips of water fell from a leak in the ceiling. We heard the drip of the rain. the steady drip, drip, drip of the faucet Water fell from the ceiling in a steady drip. The doctor put the patient on a morphine drip to manage the pain. Don't invite that drip to your party!
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Read about all their favorite products and tips on how to make sure your foundation, eyebrows, and more don't come dripping down your chin this summer, ahead. Rachel Lubitz, refinery29.com, "The Drag Queen's Guide To Not Sweating Off All Your Makeup At Pride," 5 June 2019 Cool ice cream dripping down the side of a cone is one of summer’s purest pleasures. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Homemade strawberry shortcake ice cream a magical summer treat," 13 June 2018 The note leads her to a bar, and dripping wet, the patrons see her. Richard S. He, Billboard, "Taylor Swift's 'Delicate' Video Dances Away Her Regrets: Critic's Take," 12 Mar. 2018 In 2018, Cardi B's showed up to the Met Gala dripping in pearls. Glamour, "Cardi B's Met Gala 2019 Look Featured $250,000 Worth of Rubies," 7 May 2019 The look was meant to mimic a California girl emerging from the water onto the pink carpet, as her body is dripping in crystals. Lauren Swanson, Allure, "Kim Kardashian Wore a Not-Yet-Released KKW Beauty Product to the 2019 Met Gala," 7 May 2019 At least two other leaks were dripping into the seating areas. Ian Harrison, The Seattle Times, "Sanchez, Blue Jays pitch 2nd shutout in row, top Tigers 3-0," 30 Mar. 2019 Magazine editors hurry in, their rainwear dripping on the pristine blush carpeting. Chloe Malle, WSJ, "How Designer Wes Gordon is Reimagining Carolina Herrera for the Next Generation," 6 Dec. 2018 The blood on your pitchfork still dripping because the mob has always got a thirst for scalps and without the swarm, these lonely people are just idle cranks. Fox News, "Gutfeld: It's the cry babies vs. the jerk," 8 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a faucet leaking just one drip per minute wastes about 34 gallons of water per year. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "9 Home Mistakes That Are Costing You a LOT of Money," 15 May 2019 Scoop the eggplant pulp out of its skin and let any excess water drip off. Fox News, "Rocco DiSpirito's Mother's Day Recipes," 8 May 2015 Magazine Norton says there will be a nurse on-site to administer restorative IV drips on demand to bust hangovers, rehydrate and boost energy. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "The Hotel Where You’ll Be ‘Sleep-Coached’ Into Bed," 27 Mar. 2019 The group has been vaccinated and given vitamin B1 and IV drips, according to officials. Fox News, "Entire Thai soccer team, coach freed from cave after daring rescue, Navy says," 10 July 2018 Using drip irrigation or soaker hoses, instead of overhead watering, also may help prevent some fungal leaf diseases. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Carnations," 1 Aug. 2018 No place setting was alike, and the tables at the wedding were covered in gorgeous flowers by Kim Reeves with rainbow drip candles surrounding them. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "A Beach Wedding in the Rain: Celia Rowlson-Hall and Mia Lidofsky’s Magical North Fork Ceremony," 16 Jan. 2019 As with the drip system, expect the emitters to clog. Daniel Kluko, Popular Mechanics, "How to Grow Hydroponic Plants at Home," 13 Feb. 2017 The handle folds in for easier storage, and the drip tray is thankfully removable. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Waffle Maker for Tiny Kitchen Counters," 13 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

With beans from respected roasters like Stumptown and Methodical, even a drip coffee here is good. Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Coffee Shops in Atlanta," 22 Aug. 2018 For its drip coffee and espresso, Plein Air uses Four Letter Word, while its cold brew comes from Metric. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "What's in a cup? Chicago specialty roasters showcase sips in all shades of black," 9 Nov. 2017 Paint pumpkins either white or gray and drip metallic paint from the stem. Abby Larson, Redbook, "14 Ways to Throw An Adults-Only Halloween Party People Will Actually Enjoy," 31 Aug. 2017 More: Michigan's bench, the 'drip boys,' spark run in Final Four win Backcourt Villanova has the best college point guard in America and arguably the top college basketball player this season in junior Jalen Brunson. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball vs. Villanova: Scouting report, prediction," 1 Apr. 2018 Coffee is limited to espresso drinks; no drip coffee here. Joseph Hernandez, chicagotribune.com, "Drink this! Sawada's aromatic Black Camo Latte a seductive, nutty sip," 9 Mar. 2018 His only remarks on the situation on Thursday were on Twitter, and did not exactly drip with empathy for the victims. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump White House feels heat on Puerto Rico," 29 Sep. 2017 Slow down with drip coffee, Americanos, cappuccinos or lattes. Katie Toussaint, charlotteobserver, "Looking for a caffeine fix? Here are 8 Charlotte coffee shops you need to try," 16 Aug. 2017 Started in 2003 in San Francisco’s Mission District by grocer Phil Jaber, Philz quickly developed a cult following for drip coffee prepared to individual order, pour-over style. Carla Meyer, sacbee, "Bay-Area favorite Philz Coffee to open Sacramento location this week," 18 July 2017

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First Known Use of drip


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for drip


Middle English drippen, from Old English dryppan; akin to Old English dropa drop

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Financial Definition of DRIP

What It Is

A dividend reinvestment plan (DRIP) is an arrangement offered by companies to investors wishing to receive additional shares of company stock in lieu of cash dividend payments.

How It Works

In many cases, optimistic investors prefer to gain additional equity in a company rather than receive the cash dividends related to their holdings. A dividend reinvestment plan (DRIP or DRP) provides investors with a system of recurring dividend reinvestments. In other words, rather than receiving cash from a declared dividend, participating investors receive shares and fractional shares of company stock of equivalent value.

To illustrate, suppose company XYZ's stock is valued at $10 per share. XYZ declares a dividend of one dollar per share. A DRIP participant holding 100 shares will receive 10 shares of company stock [(100 shares x $1 per share) / $10 per share = 10 shares]. In most cases, these shares are discounted and free of brokerage charges.

Why It Matters

A dividend reinvestment plan gives participating investors increasing equity in the issuing company with each declared dividend. Depending on the market price of the stock, participants run the risk of forcibly receiving shares at a higher price than they might otherwise be willing to pay.

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English Language Learners Definition of drip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to fall in drops
: to let drops of (a liquid) fall
: to have or show a large amount of something



English Language Learners Definition of drip (Entry 2 of 2)

: a drop of liquid that falls from something
: the sound of liquid falling in drops
: the act or action of falling in drops


\ ˈdrip How to pronounce drip (audio) \
dripped; dripping

Kids Definition of drip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to fall in drops Sap dripped from the trees.
2 : to let fall drops of liquid My wet clothes dripped on the floor.
3 : to have or show a large amount of something The popcorn was dripping with butter. Her voice dripped with spite.



Kids Definition of drip (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of falling in drops The barrel caught the drip of rain from the roof.
2 : a drop of liquid that falls a drip of paint
3 : the sound made by falling drops

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\ ˈdrip How to pronounce drip (audio) \
dripped; dripping

Medical Definition of drip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to let fall in drops

intransitive verb

1 : to let fall drops of moisture or liquid
2 : to fall in drops



Medical Definition of drip (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a falling in drops — see postnasal drip
b : liquid that falls, overflows, or is extruded in drops
2 : a device for the administration of a fluid at a slow rate especially into a vein was hooked up to an intravenous drip also : a material so administered a glucose drip — see gravity drip

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