nipple

noun

nip·​ple ˈni-pəl How to pronounce nipple (audio)
1
: the protuberance of a mammary gland upon which in the female the lactiferous ducts open and from which milk is drawn
2
a
: an artificial teat through which a bottle-fed infant nurses
b
: a device with an orifice through which the discharge of a liquid can be regulated
3
a
: a protuberance resembling or suggesting the nipple of a breast
b
: a small projection through which oil or grease is injected into machinery
4
: a pipe coupling consisting of a short piece of threaded tubing
nippled adjective

Examples of nipple in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This kit comes with both breast tape and nipple covers and is available for under $25 on Amazon. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 2 Feb. 2024 So why aren’t binders, nipple guards and TransTape? June 7, 2023 Lifestyle She couldn’t get hired — then making ceramic clowns completely changed her life Soraya Yousefi’s art career started by accident, but she’s found her stride making whimsical bowls and cups in her Northridge home studio. Los Angeles Times, 26 Dec. 2023 However, it's recommended to discuss using extensive nipple stimulation with your doctor first. Parents Editors, Parents, 16 Dec. 2023 The model’s shoulders are sloping, her breasts small and devoid of nipples. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2024 There is no trace here of the pubescent figure with noticeable nipples or of the decorative, soft-cheeked cherub. Farah Peterson, The Atlantic, 14 Dec. 2023 Overstimulation of the nipples can bring on too strong or too frequent contractions. Parents Editors, Parents, 16 Dec. 2023 Risks associated specifically with breast lifts include a change in sensation to the nipple, loss of the nipple, and a possible change in the ability to breastfeed, says Dr. Doft, though these side effects are very rare. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 4 Dec. 2023 Rest: Draped in sumptuous fabrics, with one nipple exposed. Grace Henes, The New Yorker, 29 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

earlier neble, nible, probably diminutive of neb, nib

First Known Use

circa 1510, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nipple was circa 1510

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Cite this Entry

“Nipple.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nipple. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

nipple

noun
nip·​ple ˈnip-əl How to pronounce nipple (audio)
1
: the small protruding part of the gland that in females produces milk and from which a baby or young mammal sucks milk
2
: something resembling a nipple
especially : the mouthpiece of a bottle from which an infant feeds

Medical Definition

nipple

noun
nip·​ple ˈnip-əl How to pronounce nipple (audio)
1
: the protuberance of a mammary gland upon which in the female the lactiferous ducts open and from which milk is drawn
2
a
: an artificial teat through which a bottle-fed infant nurses
b
: a device with an orifice through which the discharge of a liquid can be regulated

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