pip

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verb (used without object), pipped, pip·ping.

to peep or chirp.
(of a young bird) to break out from the shell.

verb (used with object), pipped, pip·ping.

to crack or chip a hole through (the shell), as a young bird.

Origin of pip

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First recorded in 1650–60; variant of peep2

pip

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[pip]

verb (used with object), pipped, pip·ping. British Slang.

to blackball.
to defeat (an opponent).
to shoot, especially to wound or kill by a gunshot.

Origin of pip

6
1875–80; perhaps special use of pip1, in metaphorical sense of a small ball
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Examples from the Web for pipped

Historical Examples of pipped

  • It's about there we shall probably get pipped on the post, brother of mine.

  • And as she went, the paralysis which had pipped Archie released its hold.

  • Seemed to think that because a fellow had been pipped once he was helpless for evermore.

  • There are two young birds and one little speckled egg, just pipped.

    Wake-Robin

    John Burroughs

  • There are two young birds and one little speckled egg just pipped.

    In the Catskills

    John Burroughs


British Dictionary definitions for pipped

pip

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noun

the seed of a fleshy fruit, such as an apple or pear
any of the segments marking the surface of a pineapple
a rootstock or flower of the lily of the valley or certain other plants

Word Origin for pip

C18: short for pippin

pip

2

noun

a short high-pitched sound, a sequence of which can act as a time signal, esp on radio
a radar blip
  1. a spot or single device, such as a spade, diamond, heart, or club on a playing card
  2. any of the spots on dice or dominoes
Also called: star informal the emblem worn on the shoulder by junior officers in the British Army, indicating their rank

verb pips, pipping or pipped

(of a young bird)
  1. (intr)to chirp; peep
  2. to pierce (the shell of its egg) while hatching
(intr) to make a short high-pitched sound

Word Origin for pip

C16 (in the sense: spot or speck); C17 (vb); C20 (in the sense: short high-pitched sound): of obscure, probably imitative origin; senses 1 and 5 are probably related to peep ²

pip

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noun

a contagious disease of poultry characterized by the secretion of thick mucus in the mouth and throat
facetious, slang a minor human ailment
British, Australian, NZ and Southern African slang a bad temper or depression (esp in the phrase give (someone) the pip)
get the pip or have the pip NZ informal to sulk

verb pips, pipping or pipped

British slang to cause to be annoyed or depressed

Word Origin for pip

C15: from Middle Dutch pippe, ultimately from Latin pituita phlegm; see pituitary

pip

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verb pips, pipping or pipped (tr) British slang

to wound or kill, esp with a gun
to defeat (a person), esp when his success seems certain (often in the phrase pip at the post)
to blackball or ostracize

Word Origin for pip

C19 (originally in the sense: to blackball): probably from pip ²
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Word Origin and History for pipped

pip

n.1

"seed of an apple," 1797, shortened form of pipin "seed of a fleshy fruit" (early 14c.), from Old French pepin (13c.), probably from a root *pipp-, expressing smallness (cf. Italian pippolo, Spanish pepita "seed, kernel").

pip

n.2

"disease of birds," late 14c., probably from Middle Dutch pippe "mucus," from West Germanic *pipit (cf. East Frisian pip, Middle High German pfipfiz, German Pips), an early borrowing from Vulgar Latin *pippita, unexplained alteration of Latin pituita "phlegm" (see pituitary).

pip

n.3

"spot on a playing card, etc." c.1600, peep, of unknown origin. Because of the original form, it is not considered as connected to pip (n.1). Related: Pips.

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