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[drip] /drɪp/
verb (used without object), dripped or dript, dripping.
to let drops fall; shed drops:
This faucet drips.
to fall in drops, as a liquid.
verb (used with object), dripped or dript, dripping.
to let fall in drops.
an act of dripping.
liquid that drips.
the sound made by falling drops:
the irritating drip of a faucet.
Slang. an unattractive, boring, or colorless person.
(in house painting) the accumulation of solidified drops of paint at the bottom of a painted surface.
Architecture, Building Trades. any device, as a molding, for shedding rain water to keep it from running down a wall, falling onto the sill of an opening, etc.
a pipe for draining off condensed steam from a radiator, heat exchanger, etc.
Medicine/Medical. intravenous drip.
Slang. maudlin sentimentality.
Origin of drip
before 1000; Middle English dryppe, Old English dryppan; cf. drop
Related forms
nondrip, adjective
2. trickle, dribble, leak, sprinkle, drizzle. Unabridged
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  • The only sound to be heard was the drip of the chicken juice falling into the pan.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • On the other hand, he had told her to keep in the dry, and the porch was beginning to drip.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • The sun was fierce, the land seemed to glisten and drip with steam.

    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
  • The drip of the fog from the eaves was the only break in the stillness.

  • Mingling with these is the pleasant drip, drip of the falling water.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for drip


verb drips, dripping, dripped
to fall or let fall in drops
the formation and falling of drops of liquid
the sound made by falling drops
(architect) a projection at the front lower edge of a sill or cornice designed to throw water clear of the wall below
(informal) an inane, insipid person
  1. the usually intravenous drop-by-drop administration of a therapeutic solution, as of salt or sugar
  2. the solution administered
  3. the equipment used to administer a solution in this way
Word Origin
Old English dryppan, from dropadrop
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Word Origin and History for drip

c.1300, perhaps from Middle Danish drippe, from Proto-Germanic *drup- (cf. Dutch druipen, German triefen), from PIE root *dhreu-. Related to droop and drop. Old English had cognate drypan "to let drop," dropian "fall in drops," and dreopan "to drop." Related: Dripped; dripping.


mid-15c., from drip (v.). The slang meaning "stupid, feeble, or dull person" is first recorded 1932, perhaps from earlier American English slang sense "nonsense" (1919).

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drip in Medicine

drip (drĭp)

  1. The process of forming and falling in drops.

  2. Moisture or liquid such as medication that falls in drops.

v. dripped, drip·ping, drips
To fall in drops.
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Slang definitions & phrases for drip



  1. A tedious, unimaginative, conventional person; square, wimp •The term was apparently used a decade earlier in British schoolboy slang: the biggest drip at Miss Basehoar's, a school ostensibly abounding with fair-sized drips/ such drips; they're just sort of dull (1930s+ Teenagers)
  2. Useless and idle talk; gossip (1930+ Hoboes)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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