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.
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Definition for nip (3 of 3)
noun, adjective Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
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Valdespino ‘Ideal’ and Alvear Pale Cream are sweetened Fino and make delicious mid-day nips.Why Maya Angelou Loved Sherry, The Drink of Brilliant Renegades|Jordan Salcito|June 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Other than that, nothing but the run-of-the-mill little nips and tucks that are widely considered permissible.Michael Tomasky on Wimpy Mitt Romney’s Missing Backbone|Michael Tomasky|July 31, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The Senate Finance spokesperson, Scott Moorehauser, dismisses the whole subject of nips and tucks as a “ total non-starter.”
On several occasions the Hecla received awkward nips, and it was not until the 9th of September that they got into open water.Notable Voyagers|W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
Others spring up into thin-skinned plants, and the first frost nips them.The Meaning of Evolution|Samuel Christian Schmucker
She comes along and nips the poor yeoman as well as the millionaire who sits in the lap of luxury.
He was like a large dog, gravely presenting his shoulder to the nips of a toy terrier.The Lamp in the Desert|Ethel M. Dell
In the Scottish game the punishment is described as "nine nips, nine nobs, nine double douncornes, and a good blow on the back."Comparative Studies in Nursery Rhymes|Lina Eckenstein
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