\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

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

In a red silk dress, dripping jewels and shimmery lipstick, her glamorous look is an unexpected match for the haunting song—but doing the unexpected is right up this artist's alley. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sevdaliza Premieres Her "Bluecid" Music Video," 21 June 2017 Bad smells and dripping blood from the truck led to the neighbors’ gory discovery. Juan Montes, WSJ, "‘It’s a Crisis of Civilization in Mexico.’ 250,000 Dead. 37,400 Missing.," 14 Nov. 2018 Fruits and vegetables are protein- and fat-free, so water is the only thing dripping into the flames. Andrea Thelen, Ms, Detroit Free Press, "6 tips for healthy and safe grilling," 9 July 2018 Bagpipers tried to keep rain from dripping into their instruments. Zach Despart, Houston Chronicle, "Undaunted by downpours, Lindale Park holds July 4 parade," 4 July 2018 Lily Collins in Givenchy looked like a gothic version of Our Lady of the Sorrows, complete with tiny red tear dripping down her cheek. New York Times, "On the Met Gala Red Carpet, Playing It Unsafe," 8 May 2018 The lava-like mixture burned through both the steel grate beneath the reactor pressure vessel and a refrigerator-sized machine used to insert the control rods, and some of it dripped down to the floor of the containment vessel. Vince Beiser, WIRED, "The Robot Assault On Fukushima," 26 Apr. 2018 Blood leaked through the truck’s closed tailgate, dripping onto the pavement. Jill Langlois, latimes.com, "In Brazil's Rio de Janeiro, one trauma center has become known as the war hospital," 23 Mar. 2018 The paint dripped off the lights and down the siding of the condo complex and onto downspouts. Steven Martinez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pewaukee man accused of 'dimming' neighbors lights with paint to appear for prelim hearing," 6 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Their race has been marked by a slow drip of developments in those allegations. Kyle Potter, The Seattle Times, "Minnesota Democratic chairman says Ellison probe wrapping up," 25 Sep. 2018 Tape off appliances and cover the backsplash and countertop to prevent any drips from making a mess. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know Before Painting Your Cabinets," 14 Nov. 2017 By her fifth round of IVF, Chamberlin’s fertility cocktail included a combination of 14 injectables, pills, intravenous drips, and suppositories. Pamela Tsigdinos, Marie Claire, "The Wild World of IVF, Explained," 1 Oct. 2018 But even the president, who has frequently praised the agency's work under Pruitt, came to the conclusion that the former Oklahoma attorney general's professional achievements were not worth the steady media drip of Pruitt's personal peccadilloes. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "Trump EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns as ethical scandals mount," 5 July 2018 Despite the Bundys being behind bars for the past two years, the Patriot movement kept a near-constant drip of updates coming from the Bundy camp. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Bundyville Chapter Four: The Gospel of Bundy," 18 May 2018 Privacy - Terms Use as little water as possible, using drip or soaker hoses, and mulch with organic materials to hold that moisture in your soil. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "With drought always a threat, we all need to learn our water lessons," 16 June 2018 For now, the coffee menu includes espresso; iced, drip and cold brew coffee; and tea. Anna Muckerman, baltimoresun.com, "The Hoof Cafe coffee shop opens this weekend in Locust Point," 13 June 2018 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

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 \
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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