Origin of pipe

1
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 forms

pipe·less, adjectivepipe·like, adjectiveun·piped, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pipe down (1 of 3)

pipe down


verb

(intr, adverb) informal to stop talking, making noise, etc

British Dictionary definitions for pipe down (2 of 3)

pipe

1
/ (paɪp) /

noun

verb

See also pipe down, pipe up

Derived Forms

pipeless, adjectivepipy, adjective

Word Origin for pipe

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

British Dictionary definitions for pipe down (3 of 3)

pipe

2
/ (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
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Science definitions for pipe down

pipe

[ pīp ]

A vertical cylindrical vein of ore.
See volcanic pipe.
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Idioms and Phrases with pipe down (1 of 2)

pipe down


Stop talking, be quiet, as in I wish you children would pipe down. This idiom is also used as an imperative, as in Pipe down! We want to listen to the opera. It comes from the navy, where the signal for all hands to turn in was sometimes sounded on a whistle or pipe. By 1900 it had been transferred to more general use.

Idioms and Phrases with pipe down (2 of 2)

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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