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

Examples of nipple in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last week, for instance, Twitter was abuzz with speculation as to whether a strange-looking wrinkle under the governor’s polo was, in fact, a nipple ring. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "Why America Is Thirsty for Anthony Fauci," 7 Apr. 2020 Never one to bore us with a typical black tuxedo, Saint Harold is currently on the 2019 Met Gala red carpet showing off all three of his precious nipples. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Harry Styles Flaunts His Nipples on the Met Gala 2019 Red Carpet," 6 May 2019 One said Shaw touched her breasts without going under her bra, while another said Shaw placed his hands within a half-inch of her nipple. USA Today, "San Jose State reinvestigates claims athletic trainer inappropriately touched swimmers," 17 Apr. 2020 The echidna — an egg-laying mammal that looks like a hedgehog with a long snout — has no nipples at all. Elizabeth Preston, New York Times, "What’s a ‘Normal’ Amount of Time to Breastfeed?," 15 Apr. 2020 Sometimes the surgeon can spare your skin (and your nipples). Adele Jackson-gibson, Good Housekeeping, "13 Facts to Know If You're Considering a Double Mastectomy," 25 Sep. 2019 After breastfeeding, my nipples were torn, cut up, bruised, just entirely destroyed, but my boobs were still full! Melissa Dahl, The Cut, "100 Women on the Wildest Ways Their Bodies Changed After Pregnancy," 30 May 2018 That classic gesture of drying the chest hair, the circular rubbing of the space between the nipples. Katherine Dunn, The New Yorker, "The Resident Poet," 4 May 2020 Several bodies were found with one breast sliced off and the opposite nipple bitten off; others had symbols carved into their scalps; still others appeared to have been dressed after their deaths, sometimes in multiple layers of clothing. Seth Harp, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 27 Apr. 2020

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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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13 Jun 2020

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“Nipple.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nipple. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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nipple

noun
How to pronounce nipple (audio)

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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