Etymology: Middle English drippen, from Old English dryppan; akin to Old English dropa drop
Date: before 12th century
1. to let fall in drops <a brush dripping paint> 2. to let out or seem to spill copiously <her voice dripping sarcasm> <trees dripping Spanish moss> intransitive verb 1. a. to let fall drops of moisture or liquid <wet clothes dripping onto the floor> b. to overflow with or as if with moisture <stories dripping with pop-culture references> <toast dripping with butter> 2. to fall in or as if in drops <let the excess drip off> 3. to waft or pass gently • dripper noun II. noun Date: 1664 1. a part of a cornice or other member that projects to throw off rainwater; also an overlapping metal strip or an underneath groove for the same purpose 2. a. a falling in drops b. liquid that falls, overflows, or is extruded in drops <a pan to catch drips> 3. the sound made by or as if by falling drops 4. a device for the administration of a fluid at a slow rate especially into a vein; also a material so administered 5. a dull or unattractive person III. adjective Date: 1895 of, relating to, or being coffee made by letting boiling water drip slowly through finely ground coffee <drip coffee> <a drip pot>
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.