Nipping



[nip-ing] /ˈnɪp ɪŋ/

adjective
1.
sharp or biting, as cold.
2.
sarcastic; caustic.
[nip] /nɪp/
verb (used with object), nipped, nipping.
1.
to squeeze or compress tightly between two surfaces or points; pinch; bite.
2.
to take off by pinching, biting, or snipping (usually followed by off):
He nipped off a piece of steak and gave it to the dog.
3.
to check in growth or development.
4.
to affect sharply and painfully or injuriously, as a very cold temperature:
a cold wind that nips the fingers.
5.
Informal. to snatch away suddenly.
6.
Informal. to defeat (an opponent) by a very close margin; edge.
7.
Informal. to steal or pilfer.
8.
Nautical.

verb (used without object), nipped, nipping.
9.
Chiefly British Slang. to leave stealthily; sneak away; flee (often followed by away).
noun
10.
an act of nipping; a pinch or small bite:
The dog took several nips at our heels.
11.
a biting quality, as in cold or frosty air:
There’s a nip in the air this morning.
12.
sharp cold; a sharp touch of frost:
The trees had felt the first nip of winter.
13.
a sharp or biting remark.
14.
a biting taste or tang, especially in some cheese.
15.
a small bit or quantity of anything:
a nip of bread to stave off hunger.
16.
Nautical.

17.
Usually, nips. (def 2).
Idioms
18.
nip and tuck, with each competitor equaling or closely contesting the speed, scoring, or efforts of the other:
It was nip and tuck as to which sailboat would reach port first.
19.
nip in the bud. 1 (def 13).
[nip] /nɪp/
noun
1.
a small drink of alcoholic liquor; sip:
a person who relishes an occasional nip.
2.
Chiefly British. (def 27).
verb (used with or without object), nipped, nipping.
3.
to drink (alcoholic liquor) in small sips, especially repeatedly.
/ˈnɪpɪŋ/
adjective
1.
sharp and biting: a nipping wind
2.
sarcastic; bitter
/nɪp/
verb (mainly transitive) nips, nipping, nipped
1.
to catch or tightly compress, as between a finger and the thumb; pinch
2.
(often foll by off) to remove by clipping, biting, etc
3.
when intr, often foll by at. to give a small sharp bite (to): the dog nipped at his heels
4.
(esp of the cold) to affect with a stinging sensation
5.
to harm through cold: the frost nipped the young plants
6.
to check or destroy the growth of (esp in the phrase nip in the bud)
7.
(slang) to steal
8.
(intransitive; foll by along, up, out, etc) (Brit, informal) to hurry; dart
9.
(slang, mainly US & Canadian) to snatch
noun
10.
the act of nipping; a pinch, snip, etc
11.

12.
a small piece or quantity: he went out for a nip of fresh air
13.
a sharp flavour or tang
14.
(archaic) a taunting remark
15.
nip and tuck

16.
(Austral & NZ, slang) put the nips in, to exert pressure on someone, esp in order to extort money
/nɪp/
noun
1.
a small drink of spirits; dram
2.
(mainly Brit) a measure of spirits usually equal to one sixth of a gill
verb nips, nipping, nipped
3.
to drink (spirits), esp habitually in small amounts
/nɪp/
noun
1.
(slang) a derogatory word for a Japanese
v.

“to pinch sharply; to bite suddenly,” late 14c., related to Middle Low German nipen “to nip, to pinch,” Middle Dutch nipen “to pinch,” Dutch nijpen, Old Norse hnippa “to prod,” but the exact evolution of the stem is obscure. Related: Nipped; nipping. To nip (something) in the bud in the figurative sense is first recorded c.1600.
n.

“small measure of spirits,” 1796, shortening of nipperkin (1670s) “quantity of liquor of a half pint or less,” possibly of Dutch or Low German origin and related to nip (v.). Reinforced by nip (n.2) on notion of “fragment or bit pinched off” (c.1600).

“a pinch; a sharp bite,” 1540s, from nip (v.). Meaning “a chill in the weather” is from 1610s, probably so called for its effect on vegetation. Nip and tuck “a close thing” is recorded from 1832, perhaps from sailing or tailoring.

noun

A small quantity, a taste, of a drink: Well, give me just a nip, then

[1796+; apparently fr nipperkin, ”small measure of drink,” found by 1694]
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