pip

1
[ pip ]
/ pɪp /

noun

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.
Horticulture.
  1. an individual rootstock of a plant, especially of the lily of the valley.
  2. a portion of the rootstock or root of several other plants, as the peony.

Origin of pip

1
First recorded in 1590–1600; earlier peep; origin uncertain

Definition for pip (2 of 7)

pip2
[ pip ]
/ pɪp /

noun

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 pip

2
1375–1425; late Middle English pippe < Middle Dutch < Vulgar Latin *pipita, for Latin pītuīta phlegm, pip

Definition for pip (3 of 7)

pip3
[ pip ]
/ pɪp /

noun

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 pip

3
1590–1600; 1910–15 for def 2; short for pippin

Definition for pip (4 of 7)

pip4
[ pip ]
/ pɪp /

verb (used without object), pipped, pip·ping.

to peep or chirp.
(of a young bird) to break out from the shell.

verb (used with object), pipped, pip·ping.

to crack or chip a hole through (the shell), as a young bird.

Origin of pip

4
First recorded in 1650–60; variant of peep2

Definition for pip (5 of 7)

pip5
[ pip ]
/ pɪp /

noun Electronics.

Origin of pip

5
First recorded in 1940–45; imitative

Definition for pip (6 of 7)

pip6
[ pip ]
/ pɪp /

verb (used with object), pipped, pip·ping. British Slang.

to blackball.
to defeat (an opponent).
to shoot, especially to wound or kill by a gunshot.

Origin of pip

6
1875–80; perhaps special use of pip1, in metaphorical sense of a small ball

Definition for pip (7 of 7)

Pip
[ pip ]
/ pɪp /

noun

a male given name, form of Philip.
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British Dictionary definitions for pip (1 of 4)

pip1
/ (pɪp) /

noun

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

Word Origin for pip

C18: short for pippin

British Dictionary definitions for pip (2 of 4)

pip2
/ (pɪp) /

noun

a short high-pitched sound, a sequence of which can act as a time signal, esp on radio
a radar blip
  1. a spot or single device, such as a spade, diamond, heart, or club on a playing card
  2. 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

verb pips, pipping or pipped

(of a young bird)
  1. (intr) to chirp; peep
  2. to pierce (the shell of its egg) while hatching
(intr) to make a short high-pitched sound

Word Origin for pip

C16 (in the sense: spot or speck); C17 (vb); C20 (in the sense: short high-pitched sound): of obscure, probably imitative origin; senses 1 and 5 are probably related to peep ²

British Dictionary definitions for pip (3 of 4)

pip3
/ (pɪp) /

noun

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

verb pips, pipping or pipped

British slang to cause to be annoyed or depressed

Word Origin for pip

C15: from Middle Dutch pippe, ultimately from Latin pituita phlegm; see pituitary

British Dictionary definitions for pip (4 of 4)

pip4
/ (pɪp) /

verb pips, pipping or pipped (tr) British slang

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 for pip

C19 (originally in the sense: to blackball): probably from pip ²
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