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Definitions and meaning of nip



  • enPR: nĭp, IPA(key): /nɪp/
  • Rhymes: -ɪp

Etymology 1

Short for nipperkin, ultimately from Middle Low German nippen or Middle Dutch nipen ("to sip; nip"; > Dutch nippen). Compare also German nippen (to sip; taste).


nip (plural nips)

  1. A small quantity of something edible or a potable liquor.
    Synonyms: (of food) nibble, (specifically of alcohol) a little of the creature; see also Thesaurus:drink

Etymology 2

Clipping of nipple.


nip (plural nips)

  1. (slang, vulgar) A nipple, usually of a woman.

Etymology 3

From late Middle English nippen, probably of Low German or Dutch origin, probably a byform of earlier *knippen (suggested by the derivative Middle English knippette (pincers)), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *knīpaną (to pinch); related to Dutch nijpen, knijpen (to pinch), Danish nive (pinch); Swedish nypa (pinch); Low German knipen; German kneipen and kneifen (to pinch, cut off, nip), Old Norse hnippa (to prod, poke); Lithuanian knebti.


nip (third-person singular simple present nips, present participle nipping, simple past and past participle nipped)

  1. To catch and enclose or compress tightly between two surfaces, or points which are brought together or closed; to pinch; to close in upon.
  2. To remove by pinching, biting, or cutting with two meeting edges of anything; to clip.
  3. To benumb [e.g., cheeks, fingers, nose] by severe cold.
  4. To blast, as by frost; to check the growth or vigor of; to destroy.
  5. To annoy, as by nipping.
  6. To taunt.
  7. (Scotland, Northern England) To squeeze or pinch.
  8. (obsolete, Britain, thieves' cant) To steal; especially to cut a purse.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:steal
  9. (obsolete) To affect [one] painfully; to cause physical pain.'
    • 1907, E.M. Forster, The Longest Journey, Part I, XII [Uniform ed., p. 136]:
      He had never expected to fling the soldier, or to be flung by Flea. “One nips or is nipped,” he thought, “and never knows beforehand. …"



nip (plural nips)

  1. A playful bite.
  2. A pinch with the nails or teeth.
  3. Briskly cold weather.
    • 1915, W.S. Maugham, "Of Human Bondage", chapter 118:
      The day had only just broken, and there was a nip in the air; but the sky was cloudless, and the sun was shining yellow.
  4. A seizing or closing in upon; a pinching
  5. A small cut, or a cutting off the end.
  6. (mining) A more or less gradual thinning out of a stratum.
  7. A blast; a killing of the ends of plants by frost.
  8. A biting sarcasm; a taunt.
  9. (nautical) A short turn in a rope.
  10. (papermaking) The place of intersection where one roll touches another
  11. (obsolete, Britain, thieves' cant) A pickpocket.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:pickpocket
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Etymology 4

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nip (third-person singular simple present nips, present participle nipping, simple past and past participle nipped)

  1. (informal) To make a quick, short journey or errand, usually a round trip.
    Why don’t you nip down to the grocer’s for some milk?


  • NPI, PIN, pin



From Proto-Albanian *nepō, from Proto-Indo-European *népōts (grandson, nephew). Cognate to Latin nepos (grandson) and Sanskrit नपात् (nápat-, grandson). Reinforcement/influence or a borrowing from Latin is also possible.


nip m (indefinite plural nipër, definite singular nipi, definite plural nipërt)

  1. nephew
  2. grandson

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  • mbesë






  1. first-person singular present indicative of nippen
  2. imperative of nippen


  • pin

Old Irish


  • IPA(key): /n͈ʲiːb/



  1. Alternative spelling of níp


  • to pinch lightly.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)