I. verb (nipped; nipping) Etymology: Middle English nippen; akin to Middle Dutch nipen to pinch, Old Norse hnippa to prod Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to catch hold of and squeeze tightly between two surfaces, edges, or points ; pinch, bite <
the dog nipped his ankle
b. to pinch in (as a garment) <
a dress nipped at the waist
2. a. to sever by or as if by pinching sharply b. to destroy the growth, progress, or fulfillment of <
nipped in the bud
3. to injure or make numb with cold ; chill 4. snatch, steal 5. to defeat by a small margin intransitive verb 1. to move briskly, nimbly, or quickly 2. chiefly British to make a quick trip II. noun Date: 1549 1. something that nips: as a. archaic a sharp biting comment b. a sharp stinging cold <
a nip in the air
c. a biting or pungent flavor ; tang <
cheese with a nip
2. the act of nipping ; pinch, bite 3. the region of a squeezing or crushing device (as a calender) where the rolls or jaws are closest together 4. a small portion III. noun Etymology: probably from nipperkin, a liquor container Date: circa 1796 a small quantity of liquor ; sip; also a very small bottle of liquor IV. intransitive verb (nipped; nipping) Date: 1887 to take liquor in nips ; tipple

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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