verb (used with object), nipped, nip·ping.
- (of ice) to press (a ship) from opposite sides.
- to seize (a taut rope) to another rope.
verb (used without object), nipped, nip·ping.
- an abrupt turn or twist in a rope.
- a part of a rope or chain bound by a seizing or nipper.
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Definition for nip (2 of 3)
verb (used with or without object), nipped, nip·ping.
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Definition for nip (3 of 3)
noun, adjective Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
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Example sentences from the Web for nip
Rich men put their mistresses there so they can nip in and visit them on the way home.
Lebanese security agencies have been quick to try to nip what could well be a new bombing spate in the bud.
They saw the light years ago and now many do a healthy nip-and-tuck business, especially on noses.
To the north, the icy southern peaks of the Brooks Range, the northernmost mountain range on the continent, nip at the sky.Visiting the Arctic Circle…Before It’s Irreversibly Changed|Terry Greene Sterling|April 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But did she really deserve all the nip-and-tuck hate-tweeting?Should We Give Kim Novak a Break on the Oscar Plastic Surgery Hate-Tweeting?|Lizzie Crocker|March 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Laverdire derives Saguenay from the Montagnais saki-nip, "the rushing water."
Owing to the flagboat drifting, they went round Lepe buoy, and having to nip to fetch, 'Valkyrie' gained a trifle.Yachting Vol. 2|Various.
"I'd like a little nip of something to cure the belly-ache," he answered slily.Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks|Bracebridge Hemyng
Sheppy is now able to slip in on them and nip their heels, and they do not dare to take a chance on kicking at him.The Red Cow and Her Friends|Peter McArthur
I knew right off it was a nip-and-tuck race, with the chances in favor of a man called Pringle getting nipped.Motor Matt's Mystery|Stanley R. Matthews
British Dictionary definitions for nip (1 of 3)
verb nips, nipping or nipped (mainly tr)
- a frosty or chilly quality
- severe frost or coldthe first nip of winter
- mainly US and Canadian neck and neck
- informal plastic surgery performed for cosmetic reasons