nipping

[ nip-ing ]
/ ˈnɪp ɪŋ /

adjective

sharp or biting, as cold.
sarcastic; caustic.

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Origin of nipping

First recorded in 1540–50; nip1 + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM nipping

nip·ping·ly, adverb

Definition for nipping (2 of 3)

nip1
[ nip ]
/ nɪp /

verb (used with object), nipped, nip·ping.

verb (used without object), nipped, nip·ping.

Chiefly British Slang. to leave stealthily; sneak away; flee (often followed by away).

noun

Origin of nip

1
1350–1400; Middle English nyppe to pinch < Old Norse hnippa to poke, thrust

SYNONYMS FOR nip

Definition for nipping (3 of 3)

nip2
[ nip ]
/ nɪp /

noun

a small drink of alcoholic liquor; sip: a person who relishes an occasional nip.
Chiefly British. split(def 27).

verb (used with or without object), nipped, nip·ping.

to drink (alcoholic liquor) in small sips, especially repeatedly.

Origin of nip

2
1690–1700; < Dutch nippen to sip; in def. 2, short for earlier nipperkin vessel holding half-pint or less
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British Dictionary definitions for nipping (1 of 4)

nipping
/ (ˈnɪpɪŋ) /

adjective

sharp and bitinga nipping wind
sarcastic; bitter

Derived forms of nipping

nippingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for nipping (2 of 4)

Nip
/ (nɪp) /

noun

slang a derogatory word for a Japanese

Word Origin for Nip

C20: short for Nipponese

British Dictionary definitions for nipping (3 of 4)

nip1
/ (nɪp) /

verb nips, nipping or nipped (mainly tr)

noun

Word Origin for nip

C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse hnippa to prod

British Dictionary definitions for nipping (4 of 4)

nip2
/ (nɪp) /

noun

a small drink of spirits; dram
mainly British a measure of spirits usually equal to one sixth of a gill

verb nips, nipping or nipped

to drink (spirits), esp habitually in small amounts

Word Origin for nip

C18: shortened from nipperkin a vessel holding a half-pint or less, of uncertain origin; compare Dutch nippen to sip
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