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noun (1)

: bed
ready for the kip after this screwball dayK. M. Dodson
chiefly British : sleep, nap
roused the … family from their kipSylvia Margolis


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kipped; kipping

intransitive verb

: sleep
sometimes used with down
kip down on a spare bedAlice Glenday


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noun (2)

ˈkip How to pronounce kip (audio)
plural kip or kips
the basic monetary unit of Laos see Money Table


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noun (3)

: a unit of weight equal to 1000 pounds (454 kilograms) used to express deadweight load


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noun (4)

: a bundle of undressed hides of young or small animals
also : one of the hides

Examples of kip in a Sentence

Noun (1) he was in kip when I knocked on the door after an afternoon kip, we were ready to sample all the nightlife that London had to offer Verb Can I kip here tonight? after a rigorous walk over the Devon moors, I needed to kip down a bit on the daybed
Recent Examples on the Web
Although your dog may choose to kip on the hard floor or hop up on the couch, having a good dog bed is still a great idea to give your pup somewhere that's theirs and theirs alone. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 14 Mar. 2023
The Laotian kip has depreciated more than 43 percent against the U.S. dollar. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2023 Then in December, light work on uneven bars — novice moves like a simple kip. Dallas News, 19 Oct. 2022 Sleep experts like Nick Littlehales–who consults elite athletes on how to get good kip–generally advise using your bed for sleeping only. Janhoi McGregor, Forbes, 4 May 2021

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Word History


Noun (1)

perhaps from Danish kippe cheap tavern

Noun (2)

Lao kì:p, literally, ingot

Noun (3)

kilo- + pound

Noun (4)

obsolete Dutch; akin to Middle Low German kip bundle of hides

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1955, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1914, in the meaning defined above

Noun (4)

circa 1525, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kip was circa 1525

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Cite this Entry

“Kip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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