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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Women with accessory breast tissue can have extra nipples or areolas; this condition is called polythelia. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "This Woman Started Lactating From Her Vulva After Childbirth—Here’s How That Can Happen," 12 June 2019 Harry Styles made a splash at the Met Gala as a co-chair of the event, decked out in full Gucci, with a nipple-baring black sheer ruffle shirt and patent oxford heels. Meagan Fredette, Teen Vogue, "Gucci Releases Latest Men’s Tailoring Campaign Fronted by Harry Styles," 22 May 2019 The beauty vlogger strutted the carpet in a nipple-baring outfit, and a flawless smokey eye, of course. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "James Charles Did NOT Wear a Thong to the Met Gala, But His Look is Just As Crazy," 6 May 2019 Elsewhere on the body, hyaluronic acid fillers are becoming alternatives to surgery, offering temporary reshaping effects for non-surgical nose jobs, non-surgical butt lifts -- even nipples. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Restylane Lyft Is Now FDA-Approved For Use on Hands, Making It the First Legit Body Filler," 23 May 2018 Called joeys, the newborns must crawl into their mother’s pouch and attach to a nipple. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Roos, geese, and a blue-tongued lizard: Behind the scenes at San Diego Zoo Safari Park," 8 June 2019 Freeing the nipple, which is exactly what Fern did this weekend while making an appearance in Hollywood, for an American Horror Story: Apocalypse kickoff event. Vogue, "First Harry Styles, Now Cody Fern Is Freeing the Nipple," 19 May 2019 But then she was asked to put bandages in X’s across her nipples, the letter said. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Fla. student says her rights were violated when school forced her to wear bra, cover nipples with bandages," 4 May 2018 This operation involves detaching the nipple from the breast tissue underneath it, which is removed during the next phase. Peter Bach, Town & Country, "A Pioneering Force," 11 Sep. 2013

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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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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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