- serving or tending to clip.
- Informal. swift: a clipping pace.
Origin of clipping
- to cut, or cut off or out, as with shears: to clip a rose from a bush.
- to trim by cutting: to clip a hedge.
- to cut or trim the hair or fleece of; shear: to clip a poodle.
- to pare the edge of (a coin).Compare sweat(def 22).
- to cut short; curtail: We clipped our visit by a week to return home earlier.
- to pronounce rapidly, with precise articulation and with omission of certain sounds, as of unstressed vowels: an annoying habit of clipping his words.
- to shorten (a word or phrase) by dropping one or more syllables.
- Informal. to hit with a quick, sharp blow: He clipped him on the jaw with a sudden punch.
- Slang. to take or get money from by dishonest means; swindle; rook.
- to clip or cut something.
- to cut articles or pictures from a newspaper, magazine, etc.
- to move swiftly: He clipped along the highway on his motorcycle.
- Archaic. to fly rapidly.
- the act of clipping.
- anything clipped off, especially the wool shorn at a single shearing of sheep.
- the amount of wool shorn in one season.
- clips, (used with a plural verb) an instrument for clipping; shears.
- film clip.
- Informal. clipping(def 2).
- Informal. a quick, sharp blow: a clip on the jaw.
- rate; pace: at a rapid clip.
Origin of clip1
- a device that grips and holds tightly.
- a metal or plastic clasp for holding together papers, letters, etc.
- cartridge clip.
- an article of jewelry or other decoration clipped onto clothing, shoes, hats, etc.
- a flange on the upper surface of a horseshoe.
- Also called lug. Shipbuilding. a short length of angle iron connecting and maintaining the angle between two members or surfaces.
- Archaic. an embrace.
- to grip tightly; fasten with or as if with a clip.
- to encircle; encompass.
- Football. to block by illegally throwing the body across a player's legs from behind.
- Archaic. to embrace or hug.
Origin of clip2
Examples from the Web for clipping
It was the same kind of clipping that you do yourself every week, except that only a small piece of only one nail was clipped.Somebody Has to Drive Down Healthcare Costs
April 3, 2013
Everyone ascends via the same route, clipping into ropes stitched up the mountainside—six miles of it—all the way to the top.Mount Everest Suffers From Too Many Climbers and Deteriorating Conditions
May 23, 2012
Meghan: If you run for president, people are going to be clipping your answers all the time.Trump to McCain: 'You're Hired!'
April 21, 2011
This clipping is what causes the uneven quality of fur which appears in his picture.Concerning Cats
Helen M. Winslow
We have no time to spare for clipping and laying and all that sort of thing.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
He took the ticket and the clipping from Pinny's nerveless fingers and compared them.
I must have, I must have—well, I can't stand that clipping business any longer.
Finally I suggested that he turn over the clipping which he had in his hand.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
- something cut out or trimmed off, esp an article from a newspaper; cutting
- the distortion of an audio or visual signal in which the tops of peaks with a high amplitude are cut off, caused by, for example, overloading of amplifier circuits
- (prenominal) informal fasta clipping pace
- (also intr) to cut, snip, or trim with or as if with scissors or shears, esp in order to shorten or remove a part
- British to punch (a hole) in something, esp a ticket
- to curtail or cut short
- to move a short section from (a film, etc)
- to shorten (a word)
- (intr) to trot or move rapidly, esp over a long distancea horse clipping along the road
- informal to strike with a sharp, often slanting, blow
- slang to obtain (money) by deception or cheating
- US slang to murder; execute
- clip someone's wings
- to restrict someone's freedom
- to thwart someone's ambition
- the act or process of clipping
- something clipped off
- an extract from a film, newspaper, etc
- informal a sharp, often slanting, blow
- informal speeda rapid clip
- Australian and NZ the total quantity of wool shorn, as in one place, season, etc
- another word for clipped form
- to hold together tightly, as with a clip
- archaic, or dialect to embrace
Word Origin and History for clipping
early 13c., "clasping, embracing," verbal noun from clip (v.2). As a U.S. football penalty (not in OED), from 1920.
Clipping or Cutting Down from Behind. -- This is to be ruled under unnecessary roughness, and penalized when it is practiced upon "a man obviously out of the play." This "clipping" is a tendency in the game that the committee is watching anxiously and with some fear. ["Colliers," April 10, 1920]
"a cutting," early 14c., verbal noun from clip (v.1). Sense of "a small piece cut off" is from late 15c. Meaning "an article cut from a newspaper" is from 1857.
"to cut or sever with a sharp instrument," c.1200, from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse klippa, Swedish klippa, Danish klippe "clip, shear, cut") probably echoic. Related: Clipped; clipping.
Meaning "to pronounce short" is from 1520s. The verb has a long association with shady activities, originally especially in reference to cutting or shaving metal from coins (c.1400), but later extended to swindles from the sense "to shear sheep," hence clip-joint "place that overcharges outrageously" (1933, American English, a term from Prohibition). To clip (someone's) wings figuratively (1590s) is from the method of preventing a captive bird from flying.
"fasten, hold together by pressure," also (mostly archaic) "to embrace," from Old English clyppan "to embrace, clasp; surround; prize, honor, cherish;" related to Old Frisian kleppa "to embrace, love," Old High German klaftra, German klafter "fathom" (on notion of outstretched arms). Also cf. Lithuanian glebys "armful," globiu "to embrace, support." Meaning "to fasten, bind" is early 14c. Meaning "to fasten with clips" is from 1902. Related: Clipped; clipping. Original sense of the verb is preserved in U.S. football clipping penalty.
"something for attaching or holding," mid-14c., probably from clip (v.2). Meaning "receptacle containing several cartridges for a repeating firearm" is from 1901. Meaning "piece of jewelry fastened by a clip" is from 1937. This is also the source of paper clip (1854). Old English had clypp "an embrace."
- A fastener used in surgery to hold skin or other tissue in position or to control hemorrhage.