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nip

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verb \ˈnip\

Definition of nip

nipped

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nipping

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to catch hold of and squeeze tightly between two surfaces, edges, or points :  pinch, bite <the dog nipped his ankle>b :  to pinch in (as a garment) <a dress nipped at the waist>

  3. 2a :  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>

  4. 3 :  to injure or make numb with cold :  chill <The wind was nipping our cheeks.>

  5. 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>

  6. 5 :  to defeat by a small margin <They nipped our team 61 to 57.>

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to bite or pinch someone or something lightly <The dog nipped at my ankles.>

  9. 2 :  to harm or numb someone or something with cold <The icy wind nipped at my nose.>

  10. 3 :  to move briskly, nimbly, or quickly <A photographer nipped in and snapped him dead … — Bernard Shaw>

  11. 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


First Known Use: 15th century


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nip

noun

Definition of nip

  1. 1 :  something that nips: such asa archaic :  a sharp biting commentb :  a sharp stinging cold <a nip in the air>c :  a biting or pungent flavor :  tang

  2. 2 :  the act of nipping :  pinch, bite

  3. 3 :  the region of a squeezing or crushing device (as a calender) where the rolls or jaws are closest together

  4. 4 :  a small portion

1549

First Known Use of nip

1549


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nip

noun

Definition of nip

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

Origin and Etymology of nip

probably from nipperkin, a liquor container


First Known Use: circa 1796

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nip

verb

Definition of nip

nipped

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nipping

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to take liquor in nips :  tipple

1887

First Known Use of nip

1887

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NIP Defined for Kids

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nip

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verb \ˈnip\

Definition of nip for Students

nipped

nipping

  1. 1 :  to bite or pinch lightly <The dog nipped at my ankles.>

  2. 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. 3 :  to remove or cut off by or as if by pinching <Nip off the flower bud with your fingers.>

  4. 4 :  to move quickly <I nipped upstairs to fetch my book.>

nip (something) in the bud

  1. :  to stop (something) right away so it does not become a problem


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nip

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Definition of nip for Students

  1. :  a light bite or pinch <The dog gave me a nip on the leg.>


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nip

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noun

Definition of nip for Students

  1. :  a small amount of liquor



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