a past participle of 1 .
verb (used with object), clipped, clipped or clipt, clipping.
to cut, or cut off or out, as with shears:
to clip a rose from a bush.
to trim by cutting:
to clip a hedge.
to cut or trim the hair or fleece of; shear:
to clip a poodle.
to pare the edge of (a coin).
Compare (def 22).
to cut short; curtail:
We clipped our visit by a week to return home earlier.
to pronounce rapidly, with precise articulation and with omission of certain sounds, as of unstressed vowels:
an annoying habit of clipping his words.
to shorten (a word or phrase) by dropping one or more syllables.
Informal. to hit with a quick, sharp blow:
He clipped him on the jaw with a sudden punch.
Slang. to take or get money from by dishonest means; swindle; rook.
verb (used without object), clipped, clipped or clipt, clipping.
to clip or cut something.
to cut articles or pictures from a newspaper, magazine, etc.
to move swiftly:
He clipped along the highway on his motorcycle.
Archaic. to fly rapidly.
the act of clipping.
anything clipped off, especially the wool shorn at a single shearing of sheep.
the amount of wool shorn in one season.
clips, (used with a plural verb) an instrument for clipping; shears.
Informal. (def 2).
Informal. a quick, sharp blow:
a clip on the jaw.
at a rapid clip.
a device that grips and holds tightly.
a metal or plastic clasp for holding together papers, letters, etc.
an article of jewelry or other decoration clipped onto clothing, shoes, hats, etc.
a flange on the upper surface of a horseshoe.
Also called lug. Shipbuilding. a short length of angle iron connecting and maintaining the angle between two members or surfaces.
Archaic. an embrace.
verb (used with or without object), clipped, clipping.
to grip tightly; fasten with or as if with a clip.
to encircle; encompass.
Football. to block by illegally throwing the body across a player’s legs from behind.
Archaic. to embrace or hug.
verb (mainly transitive) clips, clipping, clipped
(also intransitive) to cut, snip, or trim with or as if with scissors or shears, esp in order to shorten or remove a part
(Brit) to punch (a hole) in something, esp a ticket
to curtail or cut short
to move a short section from (a film, etc)
to shorten (a word)
(intransitive) to trot or move rapidly, esp over a long distance: a horse clipping along the road
(informal) to strike with a sharp, often slanting, blow
(slang) to obtain (money) by deception or cheating
(US, slang) to murder; execute
clip someone’s wings
the act or process of clipping
something clipped off
an extract from a film, newspaper, etc
(informal) a sharp, often slanting, blow
(informal) speed: a rapid clip
(Austral & NZ) the total quantity of wool shorn, as in one place, season, etc
another word for clipped form
any of various small implements used to hold loose articles together or to attach one article to another
an article of jewellery that can be clipped onto a dress, hat, etc
short for paperclip, cartridge clip
the pointed flange on a horseshoe that secures it to the front part of the hoof
verb (transitive) clips, clipping, clipped
to hold together tightly, as with a clip
(archaic or dialect) to embrace
“to cut or sever with a sharp instrument,” c.1200, from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse klippa, Swedish klippa, Danish klippe “clip, shear, cut”) probably echoic. Related: Clipped; clipping.
Meaning “to pronounce short” is from 1520s. The verb has a long association with shady activities, originally especially in reference to cutting or shaving metal from coins (c.1400), but later extended to swindles from the sense “to shear sheep,” hence clip-joint “place that overcharges outrageously” (1933, American English, a term from Prohibition). To clip (someone’s) wings figuratively (1590s) is from the method of preventing a captive bird from flying.
“fasten, hold together by pressure,” also (mostly archaic) “to embrace,” from Old English clyppan “to embrace, clasp; surround; prize, honor, cherish;” related to Old Frisian kleppa “to embrace, love,” Old High German klaftra, German klafter “fathom” (on notion of outstretched arms). Also cf. Lithuanian glebys “armful,” globiu “to embrace, support.” Meaning “to fasten, bind” is early 14c. Meaning “to fasten with clips” is from 1902. Related: Clipped; clipping. Original sense of the verb is preserved in U.S. football clipping penalty.
“something for attaching or holding,” mid-14c., probably from clip (v.2). Meaning “receptacle containing several cartridges for a repeating firearm” is from 1901. Meaning “piece of jewelry fastened by a clip” is from 1937. This is also the source of paper clip (1854). Old English had clypp “an embrace.”
mid-15c., “shears,” from clip (v.1). Meaning “act of clipping” is from 1825, originally of sheep-shearing, later of haircuts. Meaning “rate of speed” is 1867 (cf. clipper). Meaning “an extract from a movie” is from 1958.
A fastener used in surgery to hold skin or other tissue in position or to control hemorrhage.
put the clip on someone, roach clip
[senses denoting fraud and theft are probably fr the practice of clipping bits of metal off coins and passing them at face value]
corticotropin-like intermediate-lobe peptide
[klip-sheet] /ˈklɪpˌʃit/ noun, Journalism. 1. a of paper printed on one side for convenience in cutting and reprinting, containing news items, features, cartoons, etc., and distributed by public relations firms, publishers, and similar organizations.
/ˈklɪpˌʃiːrz/ noun 1. a Scot dialect name for an earwig
[klip] /klɪp/ verb (used with object), clipped, clipped or clipt, clipping. 1. to cut, or cut off or out, as with shears: to clip a rose from a bush. 2. to trim by cutting: to clip a hedge. 3. to cut or trim the hair or fleece of; shear: to clip a poodle. 4. to […]
[kloot; Scot. klyt] /klut; Scot. klüt/ noun, Scot. and North England. 1. a cloven hoof; one of the divisions of the cloven hoof of the swine, sheep, etc. 2. (usually initial capital letter). Often, Cloots. Satan; the devil.