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verb (used without object),dripped or dript, drip·ping.
  1. to let drops fall; shed drops: This faucet drips.

  2. to fall in drops, as a liquid.

verb (used with object),dripped or dript, drip·ping.
  1. to let fall in drops.

  1. an act of dripping.

  2. liquid that drips.

  1. the sound made by falling drops: the irritating drip of a faucet.

  2. Slang. an unattractive, boring, or colorless person.

  3. (in house painting) the accumulation of solidified drops of paint at the bottom of a painted surface.

  4. Architecture, Building Trades. any device, as a molding, for shedding rainwater to keep it from running down a wall, falling onto the sill of an opening, etc.

  5. a pipe for draining off condensed steam from a radiator, heat exchanger, etc.

  6. Medicine/Medical. intravenous drip.

  7. Slang. maudlin sentimentality.

Origin of drip

First recorded before 1000; Middle English dryppe, Old English dryppan; cf. drop

Other words for drip

Other words from drip

  • non·drip, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for drip


/ (drɪp) /

verbdrips, dripping or dripped
  1. to fall or let fall in drops

  1. the formation and falling of drops of liquid

  2. the sound made by falling drops

  1. architect a projection at the front lower edge of a sill or cornice designed to throw water clear of the wall below

  2. informal an inane, insipid person

  3. med

    • the usually intravenous drop-by-drop administration of a therapeutic solution, as of salt or sugar

    • the solution administered

    • the equipment used to administer a solution in this way

Origin of drip

Old English dryppan, from dropa drop

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