[ pip ]
/ pɪp /

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.



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Origin of pip

First recorded in 1650–60; variant of peep2

Definition for pipping (2 of 2)

[ pip ]
/ pɪp /

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

1875–80; perhaps special use of pip1, in metaphorical sense of a small ball
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Example sentences from the Web for pipping

  • As a rule it takes ducklings from 24 to 48 hours to hatch after the pipping first begins.

    Ducks and Geese|Harry M. Lamon
  • The apparatus was later improved by Pipping, who used a diamond in place of the steel point.

  • He had at that time a pig which was ready for pipping; she had a litter of seven, and they all died.

    Animal Ghosts|Elliott O'Donnell

British Dictionary definitions for pipping (1 of 4)

/ (pɪp) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for pipping (2 of 4)

/ (pɪp) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for pipping (3 of 4)

/ (pɪp) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for pipping (4 of 4)

/ (pɪp) /

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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