Origin of nipping
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
Examples from the Web for nipping
It is your best shot at nipping any future wedding invites (and accompanying airfare to Missouri) in the bud.
While Michael Jackson had younger sister Janet nipping at his heels with Grammy Awards and gold records, Whitney stood alone.Whitney’s Shadow Hangs Over Painful, Intrusive ‘Houstons’ Reality Show|Allison Samuels|October 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
This source and others pointed to the site JustJared as nipping at Hilton's heels as a music industry influencer.
Heading into the fourth day of competition, upstart Wall Street Journal was nipping at the heels of the Gray Lady.
The key to nipping negative cycles in the bud is doing recovery activities in the right order.
He snapped the ball, however, to Mylert, nipping Berry at the plate.Baseball Joe in the World Series|Lester Chadwick
They sent the refreshing rain, the silent dew, and the nipping frost, each in its season.Story Hour Readings: Seventh Year|E.C. Hartwell
The wind began to blow hard, carrying drops of rain that stung, and the air was nipping cold.Tales of lonely trails|Zane Grey
It was a nipping frosty air, but Baldassarre could feel no chill—he only felt the glow of conscious power.Romola|George Eliot
He varied these occasions by reaching down and nipping a tuft of grass.The Rainbow Trail|Zane Grey
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).