Origin of clipping
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
Examples from the Web for clipping
Contemporary Examples of clipping
It was the same kind of clipping that you do yourself every week, except that only a small piece of only one nail was clipped.Somebody Has to Drive Down Healthcare Costs
April 3, 2013
Everyone ascends via the same route, clipping into ropes stitched up the mountainside—six miles of it—all the way to the top.Mount Everest Suffers From Too Many Climbers and Deteriorating Conditions
May 23, 2012
Meghan: If you run for president, people are going to be clipping your answers all the time.Trump to McCain: 'You're Hired!'
April 21, 2011
Historical Examples of clipping
This clipping is what causes the uneven quality of fur which appears in his picture.Concerning Cats
Helen M. Winslow
We have no time to spare for clipping and laying and all that sort of thing.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
He took the ticket and the clipping from Pinny's nerveless fingers and compared them.
I must have, I must have—well, I can't stand that clipping business any longer.
Finally I suggested that he turn over the clipping which he had in his hand.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
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
early 13c., "clasping, embracing," verbal noun from clip (v.2). As a U.S. football penalty (not in OED), from 1920.
Clipping or Cutting Down from Behind. -- This is to be ruled under unnecessary roughness, and penalized when it is practiced upon "a man obviously out of the play." This "clipping" is a tendency in the game that the committee is watching anxiously and with some fear. ["Colliers," April 10, 1920]
"a cutting," early 14c., verbal noun from clip (v.1). Sense of "a small piece cut off" is from late 15c. Meaning "an article cut from a newspaper" is from 1857.
"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."