pip

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English pippe, from Middle Dutch pip, from post-classical Latin pipita, from Latin pītuīta.

Noun[edit]

pip (plural pips)

  1. Any of various respiratory diseases in birds, especially infectious coryza. [from the 15th c.]
  2. (humorous) Of humans, a disease, malaise or depression.
    • D. H. Lawrence, letter to Edward Garnett
      I've got the pip horribly at present.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter IV:
      With this deal Uncle Tom's got on with Homer Cream, it would be fatal to risk giving [Mrs Cream] the pip in any way.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Apparently representing a shortened form of pippin, from Middle English pipin, from Old French pepin (a seed) (French pépin).

Noun[edit]

pip (plural pips)

  1. (obsolete) A pippin.
  2. (UK) A seed inside certain fleshy fruits (compare stone/pit), such as a peach, orange, or apple.
  3. (US, colloquial) Something or someone excellent, of high quality.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 612:
      She sure is a pip, that one. You need company?
  4. (UK, dated, WW I, signalese) P in RAF phonetic alphabet
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Etymology 3[edit]

Origin uncertain, perhaps related to Etymology 2, above.

Noun[edit]

pip (plural pips)

  1. One of the spots or symbols on a playing card, domino, die, etc.
  2. (military, public service) One of the stars worn on the shoulder of a uniform to denote rank, e.g. of a soldier or a fireman.
  3. A spot; a speck.
  4. A spot of light or an inverted V indicative of a return of radar waves reflected from an object; a blip.
  5. A piece of rhizome with a dormant shoot of the lily of the valley plant, used for propagation
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  • (symbol on playing card etc): spot
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Verb[edit]

pip (third-person singular simple present pips, present participle pipping, simple past and past participle pipped)

  1. To get the better of; to defeat
    He led throughout the race but was pipped at the post.
  2. To hit with a gunshot
    The hunter managed to pip three ducks from his blind.

Etymology 4[edit]

Imitative.

Verb[edit]

pip (third-person singular simple present pips, present participle pipping, simple past and past participle pipped)

  1. To peep, to chirp
  2. (avian biology) To make the initial hole during the process of hatching from an egg

Etymology 5[edit]

Imitative.

Noun[edit]

pip (plural pips)

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  1. One of a series of very short, electronically produced tones, used, for example, to count down the final few seconds before a given time or to indicate that a caller using a payphone needs to make further payment if he is to continue his call.
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  • (electronic sound, counting down seconds): stroke
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Etymology 6[edit]

Abbreviation of percentage in point.

Noun[edit]

pip (plural pips)

  1. (finance, currency trading) The smallest price increment between two currencies in foreign exchange (forex) trading.

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Albanian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

A descriptive term, similar to German piepen and Latin pipīre.

Verb[edit]

pip (first-person singular past tense pipa, participle pipur)

  1. to peep, to chirp

Etymology 2[edit]

From Romance *pīpa, also present in Old French pipe, Italian pipa etc.

Noun[edit]

pip f (indefinite plural pipa, definite singular pipa, definite plural pipat)

  1. sprout, shoot
  2. pipe, tube

Danish[edit]

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pip n (singular definite pippet, plural indefinite pip)

  1. chirp, peep, tweet
  2. bleep

Inflection[edit]

Noun[edit]

pip n

  1. nonsense, gibberish, madness

Lojban[edit]

Rafsi[edit]

pip

  1. rafsi of plipe.

Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

pip n

  1. squeak, beep

Declension[edit]

Verb[edit]

pip

  1. imperative of pipa.

Volapük[edit]

Noun[edit]

pip (plural pips)

  1. pipe (for smoking)

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