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  • IPA(key): /ˈkaɪp/
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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English kipe, kype, from Old English cȳpe, cȳpa (basket), from Proto-Germanic *kipǭ, *kippǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *gey- (to bend, twist).

Akin to Middle Low German kīpe ("basket"; > German Low German Kiep, Kiepke (basket), German Kiepe (carrying basket)), Norwegian kaup (wooden box; crate).


kipe (plural kipes)

  1. An osier basket used for catching fish.

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Etymology 2[edit]

Perhaps from dialectal kip (to snatch).


kipe (third-person singular simple present kipes, present participle kiping, simple past and past participle kiped)

  1. (slang) to steal
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:steal
    • 1987 [1984], James Ellroy, chapter 22, in Because the Night, New York: Avon, →ISBN, page 189:
      Johnny imagines all manner of chrome gadgetry that he could kipe and give to his father to jazz up his ’fifty-six Ford Vicky ragtop.
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Etymology 3[edit]

A salmon with the beginnings of a kipe as it enters fresh water.


kipe (plural kipes)

  1. Alternative spelling of kype (Upturned lower jaw of a male salmonid)

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