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piping

[pahy-ping] /ˈpaɪ pɪŋ/
noun
1.
pipes collectively; a system or network of pipes.
2.
material formed into a pipe or pipes.
3.
the act of a person or thing that pipes.
4.
the sound of pipes.
5.
a shrill sound.
6.
the music of pipes.
7.
a cordlike ornamentation made of icing, used on pastry.
8.
a tubular band of ornamental material, sometimes containing a cord, used for trimming the edges and seams of clothing, upholstery, etc.
adjective
9.
characterized by the peaceful music of the pipe.
10.
playing on a musical pipe.
11.
that pipes.
12.
emitting a shrill sound:
a piping voice.
Idioms
13.
piping hot, (of food or drink) very hot.
Origin of piping
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English (gerund); see pipe1, -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
pipingly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for piping hot
Historical Examples
  • I expected the man was having a drink, for it was piping hot.

    The Celebrity at Home Violet Hunt
  • The toast was piping hot and the fried eggs were beyond reproach.

  • They drank the steaming beverage, piping hot, from tin cups.

    Polaris of the Snows Charles B. Stilson
  • When it was piping hot I laid it upon my knees and examined the design.

    The Maid-At-Arms Robert W. Chambers
  • When we awoke all was peaceful, and there was every indication of a piping hot day.

    South African Memories Lady Sarah Wilson
  • "Strong salt brine, piping hot," said the girl discouragingly.

    Diane of the Green Van

    Leona Dalrymple
  • With a hot stew, there is nothing more palatable than a stack of piping hot biscuits cooked in a spider over a bed of red embers.

  • Just cover the bottom of the pan with large oysters as soon as the butter sizzles and is piping hot.

  • The air is cold and crisp, and the smell of the savory bean paste, piping hot, makes you hungry.

    Lady of the Decoration Frances Little
  • They will be perfectly cooked and much more easily managed than if the shells were piping hot.

British Dictionary definitions for piping hot

piping

/ˈpaɪpɪŋ/
noun
1.
pipes collectively, esp pipes formed into a connected system, as in the plumbing of a house
2.
a cord of icing, whipped cream, etc, often used to decorate desserts and cakes
3.
a thin strip of covered cord or material, used to edge hems, etc
4.
the sound of a pipe or a set of bagpipes
5.
the art or technique of playing a pipe or bagpipes
6.
a shrill voice or sound, esp a whistling sound
adjective
7.
making a shrill sound
8.
(archaic) relating to the pipe (associated with peace), as opposed to martial instruments, such as the fife or trumpet
adverb
9.
piping hot, extremely hot
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Idioms and Phrases with piping hot

piping hot

Very hot, as in These biscuits are piping hot. This idiom alludes to something so hot that it makes a piping or hissing sound. [ Late 1300s ]
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