- one of the spots on dice, playing cards, or dominoes.
- each of the small segments into which the surface of a pineapple is divided.
- Informal. metal insigne of rank on the shoulders of commissioned officers.
- an individual rootstock of a plant, especially of the lily of the valley.
- a portion of the rootstock or root of several other plants, as the peony.
Origin of pip1
- Veterinary Pathology. a contagious disease of birds, especially poultry, characterized by the secretion of a thick mucus in the mouth and throat.
- Facetious. any minor or unspecified ailment in a person.
Origin of pip2
- a small seed, especially of a fleshy fruit, as an apple or orange.
- Also called pipperoo. Informal. someone or something wonderful: Last night's party was a pip.
Origin of pip3
- to peep or chirp.
- (of a young bird) to break out from the shell.
- to crack or chip a hole through (the shell), as a young bird.
Origin of pip4
Origin of pip5
- to blackball.
- to defeat (an opponent).
- to shoot, especially to wound or kill by a gunshot.
Origin of pip6
- a male given name, form of Philip.
Examples from the Web for pip
And then there was Pip, the boy in the novel who also falls in love with her.My Imaginary Literary Friends
February 23, 2014
But it took another 20 years for his son, Owen “Pip” Brennan, Jr. to make the Krewe synonymous with Mardi Gras.Kings of Mardi Gras
The Daily Beast
February 16, 2010
Pip walking down the hallway of her adolescence sporting unromantic hair.No More Lousy Poetry
July 17, 2009
"I give not the pip of an apple for king or for noble," cried the serf passionately.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Why, in that respect they're all Miss Biffins to the audience, Pip.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
At eighty-five seconds, he corrected slightly to center the pip.Slingshot
Irving W. Lande
The study of Pip is meant to indicate that with all his virtues Pip was a snob.
George Eliot or Thackeray could have described the weakness of Pip.
- the seed of a fleshy fruit, such as an apple or pear
- any of the segments marking the surface of a pineapple
- a rootstock or flower of the lily of the valley or certain other plants
- a short high-pitched sound, a sequence of which can act as a time signal, esp on radio
- a radar blip
- a spot or single device, such as a spade, diamond, heart, or club on a playing card
- any of the spots on dice or dominoes
- Also called: star informal the emblem worn on the shoulder by junior officers in the British Army, indicating their rank
- (of a young bird)
- (intr)to chirp; peep
- to pierce (the shell of its egg) while hatching
- (intr) to make a short high-pitched sound
- a contagious disease of poultry characterized by the secretion of thick mucus in the mouth and throat
- facetious, slang a minor human ailment
- British, Australian, NZ and Southern African slang a bad temper or depression (esp in the phrase give (someone) the pip)
- get the pip or have the pip NZ informal to sulk
- British slang to cause to be annoyed or depressed
- to wound or kill, esp with a gun
- to defeat (a person), esp when his success seems certain (often in the phrase pip at the post)
- to blackball or ostracize
Word Origin and History for pip
"seed of an apple," 1797, shortened form of pipin "seed of a fleshy fruit" (early 14c.), from Old French pepin (13c.), probably from a root *pipp-, expressing smallness (cf. Italian pippolo, Spanish pepita "seed, kernel").
"disease of birds," late 14c., probably from Middle Dutch pippe "mucus," from West Germanic *pipit (cf. East Frisian pip, Middle High German pfipfiz, German Pips), an early borrowing from Vulgar Latin *pippita, unexplained alteration of Latin pituita "phlegm" (see pituitary).
"spot on a playing card, etc." c.1600, peep, of unknown origin. Because of the original form, it is not considered as connected to pip (n.1). Related: Pips.