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Definition nip

Etymology 1

Short for nipperkin, ultimately from Middle Low German nippen or Middle Dutch nipen ("to sip; nip"; > Dutch nippen). Compare also German nippen (“to sip; taste”).

Noun

nip (plural nips)

  1. A small quantity of something edible or a potable liquor.

Etymology 2

Clipping of nipple.

Noun

nip (plural nips)

  1. (slang, vulgar) A nipple, usually of a woman.

Etymology 3

From Middle English nippen, probably a byform of earlier *knippen (suggested by the derivative Middle English knippette (“pincers”)), related to Dutch nijpen, knijpen (“to pinch”), Danish nive (“pinch”); Swedish nypa (“pinch”); Low German knipen; German kneipen and kneifen (“to pinch, cut off, nip”), Old Norse hnippa (“to prod, poke”); Lithuanian knebti.

Verb

nip (third-person singular simple present nips, present participle nipping, simple past and past participle nipped)

  1. To catch and enclose or compress tightly between two surfaces, or points which are brought together or closed; to pinch; to close in upon.
  2. To remove by pinching, biting, or cutting with two meeting edges of anything; to clip.
  3. To blast, as by frost; to check the growth or vigor of; to destroy.
  4. To annoy, as by nipping.
  5. To taunt.
  6. (Scotland, Northern England) To squeeze or pinch.
  7. (obsolete, Britain, thieves' cant) To steal; especially to cut a purse.
Noun

nip (plural nips)

  1. A playful bite.
  2. A pinch with the nails or teeth.
  3. Briskly cold weather.
  4. A seizing or closing in upon; a pinching
  5. A small cut, or a cutting off the end.
  6. (mining) A more or less gradual thinning out of a stratum.
  7. A blast; a killing of the ends of plants by frost.
  8. A biting sarcasm; a taunt.
  9. (nautical) A short turn in a rope.
  10. (papermaking) The place of intersection where one roll touches another
  11. (obsolete, Britain, thieves' cant) A pickpocket.

Etymology 4

Verb

nip (third-person singular simple present nips, present participle nipping, simple past and past participle nipped)

  1. (informal) To make a quick, short journey or errand, usually a round trip.

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