\ ˈpip How to pronounce pip (audio) \

Definition of pip

 (Entry 1 of 6)

1a : a disorder of a bird marked by formation of a scale or crust on the tongue
b : the scale or crust of this disorder
2a : any of various human ailments especially : a slight nonspecific disorder
b chiefly British : a feeling of irritation or annoyance
pipped; pipping

Definition of pip (Entry 2 of 6)

intransitive verb

2 : to break through the shell of the egg the chick pipped

transitive verb

: to break open (the shell of an egg) in hatching

Definition of pip (Entry 3 of 6)

1a : one of the dots used on dice and dominoes to indicate numerical value
3 : an individual rootstock of the lily of the valley
4 : a diamond-shaped insignia of rank worn by a second lieutenant, lieutenant, or captain in the British army

Definition of pip (Entry 4 of 6)

1 : a small fruit seed especially : one of a several-seeded fleshy fruit
2 : one extraordinary of its kind
pipped; pipping

Definition of pip (Entry 5 of 6)

transitive verb

: to beat by a narrow margin

Definition of pip (Entry 6 of 6)

chiefly British
: a short high-pitched tone

First Known Use of pip

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

1598, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (3)

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1880, in the meaning defined above

Noun (4)

1907, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pip

Noun (1)

Middle English pippe, from Middle Dutch (akin to Old High German pfiffīz), from Vulgar Latin *pipita, alteration of Latin pituita phlegm, pip; perhaps akin to Greek pitys pine — more at pine

Verb (1)


Noun (2)

origin unknown

Noun (3)

short for pippin

Verb (2)

probably from pip to blackball, from pip entry 3 or pip entry 4

Noun (4)


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“Pip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pip. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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Medical Definition of pip

: the formation of a scale or crust on the tip and dorsal surface of the tongue of a bird often associated with respiratory diseases also : the scale or crust itself

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