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nip

verb \ ˈnip \

Definition of nip

nipped; nipping
transitive verb
1 a :to catch hold of and squeeze tightly between two surfaces, edges, or points :pinch, bite
  • the dog nipped his ankle
b :to pinch in (a garment)
  • a dress nipped at the waist
2 a :to sever by or as if by pinching sharply
  • nipped the dead flowers from the plant
b :to destroy the growth, progress, or fulfillment of
  • What could have been a sad story about a young star's career nipped in the bud has become a lesson in human resilience.
  • —E. M. Smith
3 :to injure or make numb with cold :chill
  • The wind was nipping our cheeks.
4 :snatch, steal
  • Some feed on insects, others on fish eggs and fry, still others on scraps of fin nipped off neighboring fish …
  • —David Quammen
5 :to defeat by a small margin
  • They nipped our team 61 to 57.
intransitive verb
1 :to bite or pinch someone or something lightly
  • The dog nipped at my ankles.
2 :to harm or numb someone or something with cold
  • The icy wind nipped at my nose.
3 :to move briskly, nimbly, or quickly
  • A photographer nipped in and snapped him dead …
  • —Bernard Shaw
4 chiefly British :to make a quick trip
  • One day during a brief stop, one of them … nipped off the train … to purchase an esoteric label of single-malt Scotch for us that The Royal Scotsman bar didn't stock.
  • —Shirley Slater

Origin and Etymology of nip

Middle English nippen; akin to Middle Dutch nipen to pinch, Old Norse hnippa to prod


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nip

noun

Definition of nip

1 :something that nips: such as
a archaic :a sharp biting comment
b :a sharp stinging cold
  • a nip in the air
c :a biting or pungent flavor :tang
2 :the act of nipping :pinch, bite
3 :the region of a squeezing or crushing device (such as a calender) where the rolls or jaws are closest together
4 :a small portion

First Known Use of nip

1549


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nip

noun

Definition of nip

:a small quantity of liquor :sip; also :a very small bottle of liquor

Origin and Etymology of nip

probably from nipperkin, a liquor container

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms


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nip

verb

Definition of nip

nipped; nipping
intransitive verb
:to take liquor in nips :tipple

First Known Use of nip

1887

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms



NIP Defined for Kids

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nip

verb \ ˈnip \

Definition of nip for Students

nipped; nipping
1 :to bite or pinch lightly
  • The dog nipped at my ankles.
2 :to injure or make numb with cold
  • A chill wind was blowing that nipped him sharply …
  • —Jack London, The Call of the Wild
3 :to remove or cut off by or as if by pinching
  • Nip off the flower bud with your fingers.
4 :to move quickly
  • I nipped upstairs to fetch my book.
nip (something) in the bud
:to stop (something) right away so it does not become a problem

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nip

noun

Definition of nip for Students

:a light bite or pinch
  • The dog gave me a nip on the leg.

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nip

noun

Definition of nip for Students

:a small amount of liquor


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