\ˈdrip \
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

bead, blob, driblet, drop, droplet, glob, globule

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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

Sweat-dripping-steadily-off-of-his-elbows-by-the-third-song hot. Théoden Janes, charlotteobserver, "Review: Luke Bryan’s concert was definitely hot. Was it casually political? Maybe...," 30 June 2018 And who is the dripping wet figure in the corner of his recurring dream? Christine Heppermann, chicagotribune.com, "A complex mystery challenges readers to consider marginalized kids — plus more Y.A. reviews," 18 June 2018 Working one at a time, hold berries by stems and dip into matcha mixture to coat; let excess drip back into bowl. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Matcha-Dipped Strawberries," 28 May 2018 Much like the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, the Preakness was a dripping wet mess. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Justify wins muddy Preakness, heads to Belmont as Triple Crown contender," 19 May 2018 Square Enix, meanwhile, has been steadily dripping details about the next Tomb Raider, which launches in September. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will feature a Fortnite-style battle royale mode," 17 May 2018 Pull out the hot, dripping kale leaves with tongs, and put directly into a blender. Alex Van Buren, Health.com, "This Decadent Pasta Sauce Is Actually Packed With a Full Serving of Greens," 7 May 2018 When inspiration strikes, the world becomes full of dripping color, much like the ribbeting noise of his signature vomit-step sound. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Snails, Big Gigantic & Collie Buddz 'Feel the Vibe' of Inspiration: Watch," 10 July 2018 As the last 10 laps or so slowly dripped away, the finality of Busch's accomplishment began to set in. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "Kyle Busch makes NASCAR history with long-awaited 600 victory | Charlotte Observer," 27 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Like the slow drip of a leaky faucet, the quality of competition continues to worsen every year. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "Disabato: As travel schedules continue to expand, high school baseball teams feeling the summer squeeze," 13 July 2018 Brushing on eye shadow beyond the confines of my lids is my new favorite thing to do with makeup, so creating a drip of metallic silver that went from my hairline down to my undereye area was about as thrilling for me as riding a rollercoaster. Devon Abelman, Allure, "I Copied My Favorite K-Pop Star's Makeup for a Week — and It Was Exhausting," 29 May 2018 But to simply focus on that while ignoring the slow drip of faltering liquidity ratios is to run a colossal risk and put a lot of trust in your fellow shareholders keeping their nerve. Liam Denning, latimes.com, "Tesla needs $3 billion, one analyst says. But what good would it really do?," 16 May 2018 On the sneaker front, the steady drip of Air Jordan reissues hasn't yet abated—and now LeBron, at the ancient age of 33, is starting to see his own rookie-year Nikes reissued, too. Liz Raiss, GQ, "Polo's CP-93 Collection Is All Glorious Yacht Style," 25 Apr. 2018 They were all treated for rabies — in case there were bats in the cave — as well as tetanus, and they were given IV drips. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "How the world came together to save 12 boys trapped in a Thai cave," 10 July 2018 That year, Teresa Romero Ramos, a nurse's aide who contracted the virus while caring for Ebola patients in Spain, was treated with an IV drip of antibodies from an Ebola survivor as well as favipiravir. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Ebola outbreak 2018: What's different this time?," 29 May 2018 Two burners sit beneath a removable, nonstick grill grate and drip tray for easy use and cleaning. The Editors, Outside Online, "Seven Steals at Huckberry’s Summer Sale," 12 July 2018 Raboine said another option is to install drip irrigation, either with kits, such as those by DIG ($29.94, www.homedepot.com) or by creating your own by drilling holes in PVC pipes. Debbie Carlson, ajc, "5 mistakes you’re making when purchasing garden supplies," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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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Phrases Related to drip

dripping/soaking/sopping wet

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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 \
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 \
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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