Nearby words

  1. pipestone,
  2. pipet,
  3. pipette,
  4. pipewort,
  5. pipi,
  6. piping hot,
  7. pipingly,
  8. pipistrelle,
  9. pipit,
  10. pipiwharauroa


    piping hot, (of food or drink) very hot.

Origin of piping

1200–50; Middle English (gerund); see pipe1, -ing1, -ing2

Related formspip·ing·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for piping hot



pipes collectively, esp pipes formed into a connected system, as in the plumbing of a house
a cord of icing, whipped cream, etc, often used to decorate desserts and cakes
a thin strip of covered cord or material, used to edge hems, etc
the sound of a pipe or a set of bagpipes
the art or technique of playing a pipe or bagpipes
a shrill voice or sound, esp a whistling sound


making a shrill sound
archaic relating to the pipe (associated with peace), as opposed to martial instruments, such as the fife or trumpet


piping hot extremely hot
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Idioms and Phrases with piping hot

piping hot

Very hot, as in These biscuits are piping hot. This idiom alludes to something so hot that it makes a piping or hissing sound. [Late 1300s]

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