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
noun, adjective Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
Origin of Nip
Related Words for nipssnap, nibble, sip, shot, pinch, bite, drop, jolt, dram, portion, finger, catch, mouthful, slug, morsel, snifter, grip, twitch, clip, twinge
Examples from the Web for nips
Contemporary Examples of nips
The Senate Finance spokesperson, Scott Moorehauser, dismisses the whole subject of nips and tucks as a “ total non-starter.”Are These Breasts Deductible?
July 30, 2009
Historical Examples of nips
There was a playfulness about her nips and a gentleness that prevented them from really hurting him.White Fang
She is a very cross hen, and she nips my fingers when I feed her.
It gets under my bearskin; it nips my ears and numbs my hands.The Silent Readers
William D. Lewis
She nips into the boat and under the stern-sheets in a brace o' shakes.A Sub and a Submarine
Percy F. Westerman
He nips with his cold fingers the insects that do our plants harm.Keep-Well Stories for Little Folks
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).