nipping definition by Webster's New World
- that nips, or pinches
- sharp; biting; nippy
- nippingly adverb
nipping definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Sharp and biting, as the cold.
- Bitingly sarcastic.
- nipˈping·ly adverb
Variant of nip
- 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