one of the spots on dice, playing cards, or dominoes: You need to match the two pips on this domino with two pips on one of your dominoes.
each of the small segments into which the surface of a pineapple is divided: Cut off the top of the pineapple, slicing through the first row of pips.
Informal. metal insigne of rank on the shoulders of commissioned officers: the museum's collection of German pips and buttons.
an individual rootstock of a plant, especially of the lily of the valley: This low-growing perennial forms dense clumps from its slender pips.
a portion of the rootstock or root of several other plants: The peony's pips are those budlike growths at the top of the tuber.
Other definitions for pip (2 of 7)
Veterinary Pathology: Older Use. a contagious disease of birds, especially poultry, characterized by the secretion of a thick mucus in the mouth and throat: The last thing they wanted to find in the henhouse was a chicken with pip.
Facetious.Usually the pip . any minor or unspecified ailment in a person: Oh, no, not that annoying neighbor—he gives me the pip.
Other definitions for pip (3 of 7)
a small seed, especially of a fleshy fruit, as an apple or orange: Does the juicer remove the pips or just grind them up?
Also called pipperoo. Informal. someone or something wonderful: Last night's party was a pip.
Other definitions for pip (4 of 7)
to peep or chirp: Listen to those chicks pip!
(of a hatching bird) to break out from the shell: How long before the eaglets start pipping?
to crack or chip a hole through (the shell), as a hatching bird: All but one of the new brood has pipped through their shells.
Other definitions for pip (5 of 7)
blip (def. 1): observing the radar screen for unusual pips.
Other definitions for pip (6 of 7)
to blackball: Are you telling me I've been pipped from the entire music industry?
to defeat (an opponent): No one expected our team to pip those hotshots from Birmingham.
to shoot, especially to wound or kill by a gunshot: Get that pistol out of here before someone gets pipped.
Other definitions for Pip (7 of 7)
a male given name, form of Philip.
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How to use pip in a sentence
No Emmas, no Ishmaels, no Pips, no Daisies (Miller or Buchanan).
The Issa designer writes, “Go Pips, So proud of you, such an amazing cause, wishing you all the luck in the mountain world xxxxx”Pippa Middleton’s Inner Circle Revealed in Charity Ski Donations | Tom Sykes | February 29, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
I have known them arrive in early autumn, and do great havoc amongst the apples, which they cut up to get at the pips.Birds of Guernsey (1879) | Cecil Smith
These pips are no more in the tree than they are in the air or the soil—not even as a figure of speech.Theism or Atheism | Chapman Cohen
And if the tree has not actual pips, in what sense does it possess them?Theism or Atheism | Chapman Cohen
The pips of the fruit are large, often an inch over; and it attains a large size, weighing from three to four pounds.The different modes of cultivating the pine-apple | John Claudius Loudon
You first premise that the ace counts for eleven; the court cards ten each; and the others according to the number of their pips.Endless Amusement | Unknown
British Dictionary definitions for pip (1 of 4)
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
British Dictionary definitions for pip (2 of 4)
a short high-pitched sound, a sequence of which can act as a time signal, esp on radio
a radar blip
a spot or single device, such as a spade, diamond, heart, or club on a playing card
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
(of a young bird)
(intr) to chirp; peep
to pierce (the shell of its egg) while hatching
(intr) to make a short high-pitched sound
British Dictionary definitions for pip (3 of 4)
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
British slang to cause to be annoyed or depressed
British Dictionary definitions for pip (4 of 4)
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
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