Water about to drip from a faucet.
- The definition of a drip is a falling of drops that is often constant in rhythm, or is slang for an unpleasant person.
An example of a drip is a constant flow of drops of water from a sink.
- Drip is defined as to fall or cause to fall in drops.
An example of drip is for water to slowly come out of a leaky faucet.
intransitive verbdripped or dript, dripping
- to fall in or as in drops
- to let drops of liquid fall
- to be so soaked or filled with liquid as to have some trickle down or over
Origin of dripMiddle English dryppen ; from Old English dryppan, intensive form (; from Germanic an unverified form drupjan), akin to dreopan (Ger triefen), to drop, drip ; from Indo-European an unverified form dhreub- ; from base an unverified form dhreu-, to break away from source dreary
- a falling in drops; trickling
- moisture or liquid falling in drops
- the sound made by liquid falling in drops
- a channel cut on the underside of a sill, cornice, etc. for carrying off rainwater; also, such a sill, cornice, etc.
- Slang a person regarded as unpleasant or insipid
- Med. a continuous giving of a solution of salt, sugar, etc., esp. intravenously
verbdripped dripped, drip·ping, drips
- To fall in drops: Water is dripping from that leaky faucet.
- To shed drops: an umbrella that is dripping all over the floor.
- To ooze or be saturated with or as if with liquid: a speech that dripped with sarcasm.
- The process of forming and falling in drops.
- a. Liquid or moisture that falls in drops.b. A slight intermittent flow or leak: fixed the drip in the faucet.
- See drip feed.
- The sound made by liquid falling in drops: listened to the steady drip of the rain.
- A projection on a cornice or sill from which rainwater can drip, protecting the wall below.
- Slang A tiresome or annoying person.
Origin of dripMiddle English drippen; see dhreu- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present drips, present participle dripping, simple past and past participle dripped)
- (intransitive) To fall one drop at a time.
- Listening to the tap next door drip all night drove me mad!
- (intransitive) To leak slowly.
- Does the sink drip, or have I just spilt water over the floor?
- To let fall in drops.
- After putting oil on the side of the salad, the chef should drip a little vinegar in the oil.
- My broken pen dripped ink onto the table.
- (intransitive, usually with with) To have a superabundance of valuable things.
- The Old Hall simply drips with masterpieces of the Flemish painters.
- The duchess was dripping with jewels.
- (intransitive, of the weather) To rain lightly.
- The weather isn't so bad. I mean, it's dripping, but you're not going to get so wet.
- (intransitive) To be wet, to be soaked.
- A drop of a liquid.
- I put a drip of vanilla extract in my hot cocoa.
- (medicine) An apparatus that slowly releases a liquid, especially one that releases drugs into a patient's bloodstream (an intravenous drip).
- He's not doing so well. The doctors have put him on a drip.
- (colloquial) A limp, ineffectual, boring or otherwise uninteresting person.
- He couldn't even summon up the courage to ask her name... what a drip!