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  1. pipes collectively; a system or network of pipes.
  2. material formed into a pipe or pipes.
  3. the act of a person or thing that pipes.
  4. the sound of pipes.
  5. a shrill sound.
  6. the music of pipes.
  7. a cordlike ornamentation made of icing, used on pastry.
  8. a tubular band of ornamental material, sometimes containing a cord, used for trimming the edges and seams of clothing, upholstery, etc.
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  1. characterized by the peaceful music of the pipe.
  2. playing on a musical pipe.
  3. that pipes.
  4. emitting a shrill sound: a piping voice.
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  1. piping hot, (of food or drink) very hot.
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Origin of piping

1200–50; Middle English (gerund); see pipe1, -ing1, -ing2
Related formspip·ing·ly, adverb
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Related Words for piping hot

blistering, red-hot, scorching, searing, sizzling, boiling, sweltering, steaming, scalding, broiling, roasting, burning, ardent, fiery, hot, sultry

British Dictionary definitions for piping hot


  1. pipes collectively, esp pipes formed into a connected system, as in the plumbing of a house
  2. a cord of icing, whipped cream, etc, often used to decorate desserts and cakes
  3. a thin strip of covered cord or material, used to edge hems, etc
  4. the sound of a pipe or a set of bagpipes
  5. the art or technique of playing a pipe or bagpipes
  6. a shrill voice or sound, esp a whistling sound
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  1. making a shrill sound
  2. archaic relating to the pipe (associated with peace), as opposed to martial instruments, such as the fife or trumpet
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  1. 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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