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.

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

Related Words for blip

glitch, tap, censor, spot, echo

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Contemporary Examples of blip

Historical Examples of blip

  • There was the blip of the leading ship, the "point" of the formation.

    Talents, Incorporated

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • "Picked up a blip on the radar, Captain," replied the radar officer.

  • When we find it, the blip on the scope will stand out very plainly.

    The Golden Skull

    John Blaine

  • Let me know the minute you get a blip, because it probably will be that Consops cruiser.

  • He sat at the main screen, and studied the blip, making tiny crayon marks.


    John Keith Laumer

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper