Nip meaning

nĭp
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.

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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.

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To remove or sever by pinching or snipping.

Nipped off the plant leaf.

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To bite or sting with the cold; chill.
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To check or cut off the growth or development of.

A conspiracy that was nipped in the bud by the police.

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To move quickly; dart.
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The act or an instance of seizing or pinching.
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A cutting remark.
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A sharp, biting flavor; a tang.

The nip of Mexican salsa.

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A small amount of liquor.
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To sip (alcoholic liquor) in small amounts.

Had been nipping brandy.

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To take a sip or sips of alcoholic liquor.

Nips all day long.

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To catch or squeeze between two surfaces, points, or edges; pinch or bite.
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To sever (shoots, buds, etc.) by pinching or clipping.
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To check the growth or development of.
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To have a painful or injurious effect on because of cold.

Frost nipped the plants.

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To give a nip or nips.
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To move quickly or nimbly.
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The act of nipping; pinch; bite.
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A piece nipped off; small bit.
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A stinging quality, as in cold or frosty air.
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Stinging cold; frost.
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A stinging remark.
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A strong flavor; tang.
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A small drink of liquor; dram; sip.
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To drink (liquor) in nips.
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A Japanese.
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(Novell Internet Printing) See NetWare 6.
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A small quantity of something edible or a potable liquor.

I'll just take a nip of that cake.

He had a nip of whiskey.

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(vulgar) A nipple, usually of a woman.
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To catch and enclose or compress tightly between two surfaces, or points which are brought together or closed; to pinch; to close in upon.
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To remove by pinching, biting, or cutting with two meeting edges of anything; to clip.
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To blast, as by frost; to check the growth or vigor of; to destroy.
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To vex or pain, as by nipping; hence, to taunt.
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A playful bite.

The puppy gave his owner's finger a nip.

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A pinch with the nails or teeth.
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There is a nip in the air. It is nippy outside.

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A seizing or closing in upon; a pinching; as, in the northern seas, the nip of masses of ice.
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A small cut, or a cutting off the end.
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A blast; a killing of the ends of plants by frost.
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A biting sarcasm; a taunt.
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(nautical) A short turn in a rope. Nip and tuck, a phrase signifying equality in a contest. [Low, U.S.]
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The place of intersection where one roll touches another in papermaking.
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(historical slang) A pickpocket.
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To make a quick, short journey or errand; usually roundtrip.

Why don't you nip down to the grocer's for some milk?

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(slang, offensive) A Japanese person.
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To seize and pinch or bite.

The fish nipped the wader's toe.

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nip and tuck
  • So closely contested as to leave the outcome in doubt; neck and neck.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of nip

  • Probably short for nipperkin of Dutch or Low German origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English nippen perhaps from Middle Dutch nipen

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably from a form of Middle Dutch nipen. Cognate with Danish nive (“pinch"); Low German knipen; German kneipen and kneifen (“to pinch, cut off, nip"), Old Norse hnippa (“to prod, to poke"); Lithuanian knebti.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English nippen (“a small sip").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Nippon (Japanese 日本).

    From Wiktionary

  • Diminutive of nipple.

    From Wiktionary