Pronunciation: (nip), [key]
v., nipped, nip•ping,

1. to squeeze or compress tightly between two surfaces or points; pinch; bite.
2. to take off by pinching, biting, or snipping (usually fol. 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. snatch away suddenly.
6. defeat (an opponent) by a very close margin; edge.
7. steal or pilfer.
8. Naut.
a. (of ice) to press (a ship) from opposite sides.
b. to seize (a taut rope) to another rope.

1. Chiefly Brit. leave stealthily; sneak away; flee (often fol. by away).
2. nip in the bud. See bud 1 (def. 6).

1. an act of nipping; a pinch or small bite: The dog took several nips at our heels.
2. a biting quality, as in cold or frosty air: There's a nip in the air this morning.
3. sharp cold; a sharp touch of frost: The trees had felt the first nip of winter.
4. a sharp or biting remark.
5. a biting taste or tang, esp. in some cheese.
6. a small bit or quantity of anything: a nip of bread to stave off hunger.
7. Naut.
a. an abrupt turn or twist in a rope.
b. a part of a rope or chain bound by a seizing or nipper.
8. Usually, nips. nipper (def. 2).
9. 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.


Pronunciation: (nip), [key]
n., v., nipped, nip•ping.

1. a small drink of alcoholic liquor; sip: a person who relishes an occasional nip.
2. Chiefly Brit.split (def. 29).

v.t., v.i.
to drink (alcoholic liquor) in small sips, esp. repeatedly.


Pronunciation: (nip), [key]
n., adj. Slang (disparaging and offensive).

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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