Origin of pippin

1250–1300; Middle English pipin, variant of pepin < Old French
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Contemporary Examples of pippin

Historical Examples of pippin

  • They were going to fight Pippin's multiple shops and beat them.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • "No more than you are, my pippin," answered the traveller, insolently.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • He prepared for this gravely, as for a ceremony; first by buying a Pippin.

  • Having bought the Pippin, Charles-Norton did not light it right away.

  • And the upshot of it all was that the story was more than a peach; it was a pippin.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb

British Dictionary definitions for pippin


  1. any of several varieties of eating apple with a rounded oblate shape
  2. the seed of any of these fruits

Word Origin for pippin

C13: from Old French pepin, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for pippin

"excellent person or thing," 1897, from coveted varieties of apple that were raised from seed (so called since early 15c.), from Middle English pipin "seed" (see pip (n.1)).

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