verb (used without object), blipped, blip·ping.

Informal. to move or proceed in short, irregular, jerking movements: The stock market has blipped one point higher this week.

verb (used with object), blipped, blip·ping.


Nearby words

  1. blinks,
  2. blinky,
  3. blintz,
  4. blintze,
  5. bliny,
  6. blipping,
  7. blipvert,
  8. bliss,
  9. bliss out,
  10. bliss, sir arthur

Origin of blip

1890–95, for an earlier sense; sound symbolism, with p for brevity and abrupt end of the impulse; bl- perhaps from blink Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for blip



a repetitive sound, such as that produced by an electronic device, by dripping water, etc
Also called: pip the spot of light or a sharply peaked pulse on a radar screen indicating the position of an object
a temporary irregularity recorded in performance of something

verb blips, blipping or blipped

(intr) to produce such a noise

Word Origin for blip

C20: of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for blip



1894, in reference to a kind of popping sound, of echoic origin. Radar screen sense is from 1945. As a verb from 1924. Related: Blipped; blipping.

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