Nearby words

  1. pip-emma,
  2. pip-pip,
  3. pipa,
  4. pipage,
  5. pipal,
  6. pipe batten,
  7. pipe bomb,
  8. pipe clay,
  9. pipe cleaner,
  10. pipe cutter

Origin of pipe

before 1000; (noun) Middle English, Old English pīpe musical pipe, tube (cognate with Dutch pijp, Low German pīpe, German Pfeife, Old Norse pīpa) < Vulgar Latin *pīpa, derivative of Latin pīpāre to chirp, play a pipe; (v.) Middle English pipen; in part continuing Old English pīpian to play a pipe < Latin pīpāre; in part < Old French piper to make a shrill sound < Latin pīpāre (cf. peep2)

Related formspipe·less, adjectivepipe·like, adjectiveun·piped, adjective


[ pahyp ]
/ paɪp /


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

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French, ultimately same as pipe1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pipe


/ (paɪp) /



See also pipe down, pipe up

Derived Formspipeless, adjectivepipy, adjective

Word Origin for pipe

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


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

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Word Origin and History for pipe
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Science definitions for pipe


[ pīp ]

A vertical cylindrical vein of ore.
See volcanic pipe.
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Idioms and Phrases with pipe


In addition to the idioms beginning with pipe

  • pipe down
  • pipe dream
  • pipe up

also see:

  • in the pipeline
  • lead-pipe cinch
  • put that in your pipe
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