nipple

noun
nip·​ple | \ ˈni-pəl How to pronounce nipple (audio) \

Definition of nipple

1 : the protuberance of a mammary gland upon which in the female the lactiferous ducts open and from which milk is drawn
2a : 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
3a : 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

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Other Words from nipple

nippled \ ˈni-​pəld How to pronounce nippled (audio) \ adjective

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The 23-year-old model freed the nipple and wore nothing but nude underwear underneath the dress, and completed the look with transparent heels and gold rectangular earrings. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian's Latest Naked Dress Barely Covers Anything," 18 Dec. 2018 Amid her hair transformations, long before Insta-girls like Kendall Jenner would free the nipple on social media, the actress often forwent a bra under a sheer black crop top with natural aplomb. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "At 56, Demi Moore Has Never Looked Better," 11 Nov. 2018 The causes of nipple discharge can range anywhere from hormonal changes to breast infections or even cancer. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Are Your Boobs Normal? We Asked An Expert," 8 Mar. 2019 Freeing the nipple is still taboo for a lot of people (and controversially continues to be banned for some people on Instagram), but Camila Mendes, for one, isn't here for that. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Camila Mendes Says She Has No Problem With Showing Her Breasts," 2 July 2018 One way of answering that question is to think about nipples. Richard Wrangham, WSJ, "Humans: The Domesticated Primates," 10 Jan. 2019 Fourth of July weekend, Chrissy Teigen was celebrating the land of the free...nipple. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "You Probably Missed This Close-Up Photo of Chrissy Teigen’s Boob," 9 July 2018 The Sheer Blouse Instagram no longer fears the nipple, at least most of the time. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Biggest, Most Influential Trends We Saw on Instagram in 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 The Mermaid Parade, where the spirits are as free as the nipples, starts around 1 p.m. Saturday. New York Times, "Things to Do in New York: History, Funk and the Queens Night Market," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of nipple

circa 1510, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nipple

earlier neble, nible, probably diminutive of neb, nib

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The first known use of nipple was circa 1510

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nipple

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nipple

: either one of the two small, round parts on a person's chest that are darker in color than the area around them
US : a rubber or plastic device that is attached to a bottle and that has a small opening from which a baby can suck milk

nipple

noun
nip·​ple | \ ˈni-pəl How to pronounce nipple (audio) \

Kids Definition of nipple

1 : the part of the breast or chest from which a baby or young animal sucks milk
2 : something (as the mouthpiece of a baby's bottle) like a nipple

nipple

noun
nip·​ple | \ ˈnip-əl How to pronounce nipple (audio) \

Medical Definition of nipple

1 : the protuberance of a mammary gland upon which in the female the lactiferous ducts open and from which milk is drawn
2a : 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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