- the hide of a young or small beast.
- a bundle or set of such hides.
Origin of kip1
1325–75; Middle English kipp < Middle Dutch, Middle Low German kip pack (of hides); akin to Old Norse kippa bundle
- a unit of weight equal to 1000 pound (453.6 kilograms).
Origin of kip2
- a paper money and monetary unit of Laos, equal to 100 at. Abbreviation: K.
Origin of kip3
First recorded in 1950–55, kip is from the Lao word kì:p currency unit, ingot
- a place to sleep; bed.
- to sleep or nap.
Origin of kip4
1760–70, in sense “brothel”; compare Danish kippe hovel, dive, Dutch kuf dive, brothel, Middle Low German kuffe, küffe, kiffe hovel; perhaps ultimately expressive variants of the Germanic base of cove1
- Also called kip-up [kip-uhp] /ˈkɪpˌʌp/, kick-up. an acrobatic movement in which a person moves from a position lying on the back to a standing position with a vigorous swing of both legs coordinated with a launching push of the arms.
- Also kick up. to perform a kip (often followed by up).
Origin of kip5
1965–70; < German kippe edge, arm of a balance < Low German: point, edge < Latin cippus stake, post
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Examples from the Web for kips
We kips on till us stops, same as the rest on em, an has a sleep in between.Life in a Railway Factory
They are then packed in "kips" of thirty apiece, and put on the market.Highways and Byways in Cambridge and Ely
Rev. Edward Conybeare.
The crime of the inhabitants of these impure "kips," was having spoken ill of Milady, their rival.Life and Times of Her Majesty Caroline Matilda, Vol. I (of III)
C. F. Lachelles Wraxall
I visited three kips there, saw eighty-four new faces, and learned something about the wages of beggars in England.Tramping with Tramps
After tanning, the kips are rounded usually into butts, shoulders and bellies, to which different finishes are given.Animal Proteins
Hugh Garner Bennett
- British sleep or slumberto get some kip
- British a bed or lodging
- Irish a brothel
- British to sleep or take a nap
- British (foll by down) to prepare for sleep
C18: of uncertain origin; apparently related to Danish kippe common alehouse
- the hide of a young animal, esp a calf or lamb
C16: from Middle Dutch kipp; related to Middle Low German kip, Old Norse kippa bundle
- a unit of weight equal to one thousand pounds
C20: from ki (lo) 1 + p (ound)²
- the standard monetary unit of Laos, divided into 100 at
- Australian a small board used to spin the coins in two-up
C19: from kep
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