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.
Origin of nip1
Synonyms for nip
verb (used with or without object), nipped, nip·ping.
Origin of nip2
noun, adjective Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
Origin of Nip
Related Words for nipsnap, nibble, sip, shot, pinch, bite, drop, jolt, dram, portion, finger, catch, mouthful, slug, morsel, snifter, grip, twitch, clip, twinge
Examples from the Web for nip
Contemporary Examples of nip
Rich men put their mistresses there so they can nip in and visit them on the way home.Russia’s Gold Digger Academy
November 11, 2014
Lebanese security agencies have been quick to try to nip what could well be a new bombing spate in the bud.ISIS May Open a Third Front in Lebanon
June 25, 2014
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
Both agencies released their 2015 requests today: $45.6 billion for the NIP and $13.3 billion for the MIP.Read the Pentagon’s $59 Billion ‘Black Budget’
March 6, 2014
But then one day there's a nip in the air, and I start thinking of soup.Your Friday Gadget Chef Recipe: Two Day Soup
November 9, 2012
Historical Examples of nip
And, to make it all the better, it was cold enough to nip one's nose short off!The Three Golden Apples
There's cigarettes on the locker and a nip of the Scotch to keep the chill out.The Vagrant Duke
Nip the anchor with the ebb, and keep your course down channel.Confessions Of Con Cregan
Charles James Lever
I'll be havin' a nip now we're alone, and that cacklin' hen gone.The Straw
In this position he could at least nip the cross-piece, and worry it with his teeth."Wee Tim'rous Beasties"
verb nips, nipping or nipped (mainly tr)
- a frosty or chilly quality
- severe frost or coldthe first nip of winter
- mainly US and Canadianneck and neck
- informalplastic surgery performed for cosmetic reasons
Word Origin for nip
verb nips, nipping or nipped
Word Origin for nip
Word Origin for Nip
"to pinch sharply; to bite suddenly," late 14c., related to Middle Low German nipen "to nip, to pinch," Middle Dutch nipen "to pinch," Dutch nijpen, Old Norse hnippa "to prod," but the exact evolution of the stem is obscure. Related: Nipped; nipping. To nip (something) in the bud in the figurative sense is first recorded c.1600.
"small measure of spirits," 1796, shortening of nipperkin (1670s) "quantity of liquor of a half pint or less," possibly of Dutch or Low German origin and related to nip (v.). Reinforced by nip (n.2) on notion of "fragment or bit pinched off" (c.1600).
"a pinch; a sharp bite," 1540s, from nip (v.). Meaning "a chill in the weather" is from 1610s, probably so called for its effect on vegetation. Nip and tuck "a close thing" is recorded from 1832, perhaps from sailing or tailoring.