[ dip ]
/ dɪp /
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verb (used with object), dipped or (Archaic) dipt [dipt]; /dɪpt/; dip·ping.
verb (used without object), dipped or (Archaic) dipt [dipt]; /dɪpt/; dip·ping.
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Idioms about dip

    at the dip, Nautical. not fully raised; halfway up the halyard: an answering pennant flown at the dip.Compare close (def. 75b).

Origin of dip

First recorded before 1000; Middle English verb dippen, duppen “to dip, moisten, plunge,”Old English dyppan “to baptize”; akin to German taufen “to baptize,” and to deep

synonym study for dip

1. Dip, immerse, plunge refer to putting something into liquid. To dip is to put down into a liquid quickly or partially and lift out again: to dip a finger into water to test the temperature. Immerse denotes a lowering into a liquid until covered by it: to immerse meat in salt water. Plunge adds a suggestion of force or suddenness to the action of dipping: to plunge a chicken into boiling water before stripping off the feathers.


dip·pa·ble, adjective, nounun·dipped, adjective

Other definitions for dip (2 of 4)

[ dip ]
/ dɪp /

noun Slang.

Origin of dip

First recorded in 1910–15; by shortening

Other definitions for dip (3 of 4)

[ dip ]
/ dɪp /

noun Slang.
a naive, foolish, or obnoxious person.

Origin of dip

First recorded in 1925–30; probably back formation from dippy

Other definitions for dip (4 of 4)

[ dip ]
/ dɪp /

noun Computers.
a packaged chip that connects to a circuit board by means of pins.

Origin of DIP

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What is a basic definition of dip?

Dip means to plunge something quickly in a liquid or to sink or go downward. A dip is a creamy mixture that chips or other foods are scooped into. Dip has many other senses as a verb and a noun.

When something is dipped into a liquid, it is usually only submerged for a short time to soak up some liquid.

  • Real-life examples: Candy or scoops of ice cream may be dipped in chocolate or caramel. A paint brush is dipped in paint. A thermometer might be dipped in a pool to measure temperature.
  • Used in a sentence: I dipped my foot in the pool to see how cold it was. 

Dip can also mean to descend or go down, especially temporarily.

  • Real-life examples: Temperatures dip when it becomes cold. Prices tend to dip during the holidays. A company’s stock value may dip.
  • Used in a sentence: Oil prices dipped after the announcement of a new line of electric cars. 

Dips are creamy mixes that foods are dipped into. In this sense, another noun is often used as a modifier to specify what the main ingredients of the dip are, as in a cheese dip or a buffalo chicken dip. Grocery stores sell popular dips, but many dips are homemade.

  • Used in a sentence: I know how to make a pretty good spinach dip.

Where does dip come from?

The first records of dip come from before the year 1000. It ultimately comes from the Old English dyppan, meaning “to baptize.”

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What are some other forms related to dip?

  • dipper (noun)
  • dippable (adjective)
  • undipped (adjective)

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How is dip used in real life?

Dip is a common word that most often means to briefly put something in liquid or to go down.

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When you dip something in a liquid, you let it soak for a long time.

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British Dictionary definitions for dip (1 of 2)

/ (dɪp) /

verb dips, dipping or dipped
See also dip into, dip out

Word Origin for dip

Old English dyppan; related to Old High German tupfen to wash, German taufen to baptize; see deep

British Dictionary definitions for dip (2 of 2)



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Scientific definitions for dip

[ dĭp ]

The downward inclination of a rock stratum or vein in reference to the plane of the horizon.
See magnetic inclination.
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