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 clipttrim, shave, prune, mow, snip, shear, knock, smack, whack, lower, cut, truncate, shorten, reduce, pare, crop, dock, decrease, slash, bob
Examples from the Web for clipt
Historical Examples of clipt
In the house it may be let range at will after the wings are clipt.The Natural History of Cage Birds
J. M. Bechstein
The arrows flitted and clipt amongst us like a flight of bats!Cobwebs From an Empty Skull
Ambrose Bierce (AKA: Dod Grile)
He clipt my arm suddenly, putting the value of an oath into his gripping of it.
Whereat he laughed and clipt my hand, and swore I was a true soldier and a brave gentleman to boot.
Amongst men he droops like a wild-born falcon with clipt wing.
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."