- The definition of a nip is a small bite or sting, or a small amount of alcohol.
- An example of a nip is a small bite from a kitten.
- An example of a nip is a 1/4 shot of vodka.
- Nip is defined as to pinch or bite.
An example of to nip is for a kitten to give a little love bite while playing.
A kitten takes a playful nip from a finger.
nip definition by Webster's New World
- to catch or squeeze between two surfaces, points, or edges; pinch or bite
- to sever (shoots, buds, etc.) by pinching or clipping
- to check the growth or development of
- to have a painful or injurious effect on because of cold: frost nipped the plants
- to snatch
- to steal
Origin: Middle English nippen, probably ; from Middle Low German nippen or Old Norse hnippa ; from Indo-European an unverified form kneib- (; from base an unverified form ken-, to scrape) from source Classical Greek kniptos, stingy
- to give a nip or nips
- Brit., Informal to move quickly or nimbly: with off, away, along, etc.
- the act of nipping; pinch; bite
- a piece nipped off; small bit
- a stinging quality, as in cold or frosty air
- stinging cold; frost
- a stinging remark
- a strong flavor; tang
Origin: probably contr. ; from nipperkin ; from Dutch nippertje, small measure for liquors ; from base of nippen, to sip, probably akin to nip
Origin: ; from Nip(ponese)
nip definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb nipped nipped, nip·ping, nips verb, transitive
- To seize and pinch or bite: The fish nipped the wader's toe.
- To remove or sever by pinching or snipping: nipped off the plant leaf.
- To bite or sting with the cold; chill.
- To check or cut off the growth or development of: a conspiracy that was nipped in the bud by the police. See Synonyms at blast.
- Slang a. To snatch up hastily.b. To take (the property of another) unlawfully; steal.
- The act or an instance of seizing or pinching.
- a. A pinch or snip that cuts off or removes a small part: He gave a small nip to each corner of the cloth.b. The small bit or portion so removed: There were nips of construction paper all over the child's table.
- a. A sharp, stinging quality, as of frosty air.b. Severely sharp cold or frost.
- A cutting remark.
- A sharp, biting flavor; a tang: the nip of Mexican salsa.
Origin: Middle English nippen, perhaps from Middle Dutch nipen.
Origin: Probably short for nipperkin, of Dutch or Low German origin.
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