Origin of clipped
verb (used with object), clipped, clipped or clipt, clip·ping.
verb (used without object), clipped, clipped or clipt, clip·ping.
Origin of clip1
verb (used with or without object), clipped, clip·ping.
Origin of clip2
Related Words for clippedtrim, shave, prune, mow, snip, shear, knock, smack, whack, lower, cut, truncate, shorten, reduce, pare, crop, dock, decrease, slash, bob
Examples from the Web for clipped
Contemporary Examples of clipped
Denton, who speaks in the clipped cadence of the Oxford-educated Brit he is, has built quite a castle.The Gospel According to Nick Denton—What Next For The Gawker Founder?
December 14, 2014
Bergdahl dialed out, leaned into the desk, and spoke to his contacts in code names and a clipped military shorthand.Bergdahl’s Dad: Drone Killed Captor’s Kid
June 6, 2014
The cops had heard that he clipped people at everything, from golf to throwing quarters at a crack in the floor.
But the people he clipped were mostly members of his own profession.
But “Studies show…” items can be clipped and pasted by… By people like me.P.J. on the Owl-Monkey Project and the Science of Chick Flicks
P. J. O’Rourke
April 6, 2014
Historical Examples of clipped
And the clipped privet bush by the trellis and the may tree by the gate.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
The "thanks" clipped like a steel trap, and the business was completed.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Only the point of it stuck up; the rest was clipped as clean as a rat-terrier's.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
Dilly rose, and, as some one afterwards said, "clipped it right up to him."Meadow Grass
It ranged high, moreover, and only clipped away a bit of the roof.The Downfall
verb clips, clipping or clipped (mainly tr)
- to restrict someone's freedom
- to thwart someone's ambition
Word Origin for clip
verb clips, clipping or clipped (tr)
Word Origin for clip
"to cut or sever with a sharp instrument," c.1200, from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse klippa, Swedish klippa, Danish klippe "clip, shear, cut") probably echoic. Related: Clipped; clipping.
Meaning "to pronounce short" is from 1520s. The verb has a long association with shady activities, originally especially in reference to cutting or shaving metal from coins (c.1400), but later extended to swindles from the sense "to shear sheep," hence clip-joint "place that overcharges outrageously" (1933, American English, a term from Prohibition). To clip (someone's) wings figuratively (1590s) is from the method of preventing a captive bird from flying.
"fasten, hold together by pressure," also (mostly archaic) "to embrace," from Old English clyppan "to embrace, clasp; surround; prize, honor, cherish;" related to Old Frisian kleppa "to embrace, love," Old High German klaftra, German klafter "fathom" (on notion of outstretched arms). Also cf. Lithuanian glebys "armful," globiu "to embrace, support." Meaning "to fasten, bind" is early 14c. Meaning "to fasten with clips" is from 1902. Related: Clipped; clipping. Original sense of the verb is preserved in U.S. football clipping penalty.
"something for attaching or holding," mid-14c., probably from clip (v.2). Meaning "receptacle containing several cartridges for a repeating firearm" is from 1901. Meaning "piece of jewelry fastened by a clip" is from 1937. This is also the source of paper clip (1854). Old English had clypp "an embrace."