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
Related Words for nippedsnap, nibble, sip, shot, pinch, bite, drop, jolt, dram, portion, finger, catch, mouthful, slug, morsel, snifter, grip, twitch, clip, twinge
Examples from the Web for nipped
Contemporary Examples of nipped
Luckily, as filming wrapped up no one had been nipped, and the penguins we safely returned to their carriers.‘The Puppy Bowl’: The Super Bowl’s Fiercest Rival
February 2, 2014
By saying that the parties have agreed that he and he alone may be trusted, Kerry has nipped that in the bud.The Case For A Less-Guarded Optimism
Emily L. Hauser
July 30, 2013
Raf Simons's nipped waists displayed a range of Sixties references.Christian Dior's Whimsical Fall Show Was Inspired By Andy Warhol
March 1, 2013
Last week, the Vikings nipped the Packers with a field goal as time expired.A Guide to the NFL’s Wild-Card Weekend
January 5, 2013
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
March 26, 2012
Historical Examples of nipped
If the skin or rind is rough, and cannot he nipped, it is old.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
But, as fate would have it, our little barney was nipped in the bud.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
The scratches on his own flesh were not serious, though they nipped a little at first movement.The Fiery Totem
And she swished her tail over her back as she nipped the daisies from their stems.
Roberts answered, breezing in with an apology which I nipped.The Million-Dollar Suitcase
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 Canadianneck and neck
- informalplastic 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).