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Examples of pippin in a Sentence
gave a pippin of a commencement speech that earned a standing ovation
Recent Examples of pippin from the Web
Pippins was gracious when asked about his two big plays against the freshman.
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Did You Know?
Since the late Middle Ages, English speakers have experimented with the use of the word pippin, which germinated from the Anglo-French word pepin, meaning "seed" or "pip of a fruit." "Pippin" has been used to refer to a part of a pea embryo, a grain of gold, and a grape, but those uses were not hardy enough to become firmly rooted in the English language. The word did take root, however, in the soil of the northern regions of England, where it is used to describe a small fruit seed. In addition, it has widespread use as the name of a crisp, tart apple and of a person who is unique, usually in a pleasant way.
Origin and Etymology of pippin
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsbeaut, beauty, bee's knees, cat's meow, corker, crackerjack (also crackajack), daisy, dandy, dilly, doozy (or doozie also doozer), dream, honey, hot stuff, humdinger, hummer, knockout, lollapalooza, lulu [slang], nifty, peach, pip, jim–dandy, ripper, ripsnorter, snorter, sockdolager (or sockdologer), standout, sweetheart
Related Wordsmarvel, phenomenon, prodigy, sensation, wonder; catch, crown jewel, diamond, gem, imperial, jewel, pearl, plum, treasure
Near Antonymsbust, disappointment, dud, failure, flop, lemon, letdown, loser, stinker, turkey
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