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Origin of pipe

1
First recorded before 1000; Middle English noun pipe, pip, pippe, Old English pīpe “musical pipe, tube” (cognate with Dutch pijp, Low German pīpe, German Pfeife, Old Norse pīpa ), from Vulgar Latin pīpa (unrecorded), back formation from Latin pīpāre “to chirp, play a pipe”; Middle English verb pipen; in part continuing Old English pīpian “to play a pipe,” from Latin pīpāre; in part from Old French piper “to make a shrill sound,” from Latin pīpāre; cf. peep2

OTHER WORDS FROM pipe

pipeless, adjectivepipelike, adjectiveun·piped, adjective

Other definitions for pipe (2 of 2)

pipe2
[ pahyp ]
/ paɪp /

noun
a large cask, of varying capacity, especially for wine or oil.
such a cask as a measure of liquid capacity, equal to 4 barrels, 2 hogsheads, or half a tun, and containing 126 wine gallons.
such a cask with its contents.

Origin of pipe

2
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Old French, ultimately same as pipe1
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How to use pipe in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pipe (1 of 2)

pipe1
/ (paɪp) /

noun
verb
See also pipe down, pipe up

Derived forms of pipe

pipeless, adjectivepipy, adjective

Word Origin for pipe

Old English pīpe (n), pīpian (vb), ultimately from Latin pīpāre to chirp

British Dictionary definitions for pipe (2 of 2)

pipe2
/ (paɪp) /

noun
a large cask for wine, oil, etc
a measure of capacity for wine equal to four barrels. 1 pipe is equal to 126 US gallons or 105 Brit gallons
a cask holding this quantity with its contents

Word Origin for pipe

C14: via Old French (in the sense: tube, tubular vessel), ultimately from Latin pīpāre to chirp; compare pipe 1
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

Scientific definitions for pipe

pipe
[ pīp ]

A vertical cylindrical vein of ore.
See volcanic pipe.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Other Idioms and Phrases with pipe

pipe

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