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.
Origin of nip2
Definition for nip (3 of 3)
noun, adjective Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
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Example sentences from the Web for nip
The coat, with fitted bodice, nipped-in waist, and full skirt, created a familiar silhouette for Kate.
Luckily, as filming wrapped up no one had been nipped, and the penguins we safely returned to their carriers.
By saying that the parties have agreed that he and he alone may be trusted, Kerry has nipped that in the bud.
Raf Simons's nipped waists displayed a range of Sixties references.Christian Dior's Whimsical Fall Show Was Inspired By Andy Warhol|Liza Foreman|March 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Last week, the Vikings nipped the Packers with a field goal as time expired.
He nipped the crucible four inches beneath the rim, testing the grip by lifting it just a couple of inches.Balsamo, The Magician|Alexander Dumas
It made me furious, too, to see my ambition nipped with the frost of a possible veto from Miss Smawl.In Search of the Unknown|Robert W. Chambers
The bullet nipped the ear of the pony, and cut through the coat of Warren Starr; grazing his shoulder in the passage.The Young Ranchers|Edward S. Ellis
One pair of sharp beaks caught him on the tip of his nose and made him squeal, and another nipped the back of his head.Bumper, The White Rabbit|George Ethelbert Walsh
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