verb (used without object), dripped or dript, drip·ping.
to let drops fall; shed drops: This faucet drips.
to fall in drops, as a liquid.
verb (used with object), dripped or dript, drip·ping.
to let fall in drops.
an act of dripping.
liquid that drips.
the sound made by falling drops: the irritating drip of a faucet.
Slang. an unattractive, boring, or colorless person.
(in house painting) the accumulation of solidified drops of paint at the bottom of a painted surface.
Architecture, Building Trades. any device, as a molding, for shedding rain water to keep it from running down a wall, falling onto the sill of an opening, etc.
a pipe for draining off condensed steam from a radiator, heat exchanger, etc.
Medicine/Medical. intravenous drip.
Slang. maudlin sentimentality.
Origin of drip
before 1000; Middle English dryppe, Old English dryppan; cf. drop
Synonyms for drip
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(of paint) specially formulated to minimize dripping during application
verb drips, dripping or dripped
to fall or let fall in drops
the formation and falling of drops of liquid
the sound made by falling drops
architect a projection at the front lower edge of a sill or cornice designed to throw water clear of the wall below
informal an inane, insipid person
- the usually intravenous drop-by-drop administration of a therapeutic solution, as of salt or sugar
- the solution administered
- the equipment used to administer a solution in this way
Word Origin for drip
Old English dryppan, from dropa drop
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
mid-15c., from drip (v.). The slang meaning "stupid, feeble, or dull person" is first recorded 1932, perhaps from earlier American English slang sense "nonsense" (1919).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
The process of forming and falling in drops.
Moisture or liquid such as medication that falls in drops.
To fall in drops.
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