[ drip-ing ]
/ ˈdrɪp ɪŋ /


the act of something that drips.
Often drippings.
  1. the liquid that drips.
  2. fat and juices exuded from meat in cooking, used for basting, for making gravy, or as a cooking fat.

Origin of dripping

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at drip, -ing1

Definition for dripping (2 of 2)


[ drip ]
/ drɪp /

verb (used without object), dripped or dript, drip·ping.

to let drops fall; shed drops: This faucet drips.
to fall in drops, as a liquid.

verb (used with object), dripped or dript, drip·ping.

to let fall in drops.


Origin of drip

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

Related forms

non·drip, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dripping (1 of 2)


/ (ˈdrɪpɪŋ) /


the fat exuded by roasting meat
(often plural) liquid that falls in drops


(intensifier)dripping wet

British Dictionary definitions for dripping (2 of 2)


/ (drɪp) /

verb drips, dripping or dripped

to fall or let fall in drops


the formation and falling of drops of liquid
the sound made by falling drops
architect a projection at the front lower edge of a sill or cornice designed to throw water clear of the wall below
informal an inane, insipid person
  1. the usually intravenous drop-by-drop administration of a therapeutic solution, as of salt or sugar
  2. the solution administered
  3. the equipment used to administer a solution in this way

Word Origin for drip

Old English dryppan, from dropa drop
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Medicine definitions for dripping


[ drĭp ]


The process of forming and falling in drops.
Moisture or liquid such as medication that falls in drops.


To fall in drops.
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