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
verb (used with or without object), nipped, nip·ping.
Origin of nip2
Examples from the Web for nipped
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 should have been charged at least with manslaughter…The ones who could have nipped this in the bud were the Sanford police.Crime Watch Groups Viewed Suspiciously After Trayvon Martin Killing|John Avlon|March 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Half-way across the yard the yellow dog caught him and nipped him.Joe Wilson and His Mates|Henry Lawson
Supposing that he refused—a promising career might be nipped in the bud; would, undoubtedly, be nipped in the bud.The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories|Arnold Bennett
"Unless they move on the jump I'll have the bunch of them nipped before long," Old Gripper declared.Frank Merriwell's Pursuit|Burt L. Standish
For Bombay could have by a word, as my captain, nipped all manifestation of bad temper at the outset, had he been so disposed.How I Found Livingstone|Henry M. Stanley
We others went, Oswald lingering last, and then in an instant Dora had nipped out of the room and banged the door and locked it.New Treasure Seekers|E. (Edith) Nesbit
Word Origin for Nip
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
Word Origin for nip
verb nips, nipping or nipped
Word Origin for nip
"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.
"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).