nip

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See also: Nip, NIP, and níp

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: nĭp, IPA(key): /nɪp/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪp

Etymology 1[edit]

From late Middle English nippen, probably of Low German or Dutch origin, probably a byform of earlier *knippen (suggested by the derivative Middle English knippette (pincers)), from Middle Low German knîpen, from Old Saxon *knīpan, from Proto-West Germanic *knīpan, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *knīpaną (to pinch).

Related to Dutch nijpen, knijpen (to pinch), Danish nive (pinch); Swedish nypa (pinch); Low German knipen; German kneipen and kneifen (to pinch, cut off, nip), Old Norse hnippa (to prod, poke); Lithuanian knebti.

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Verb[edit]

nip (third-person singular simple present nips, present participle nipping, simple past and past participle nipped)

  1. To catch and enclose or compress tightly between two surfaces, or points which are brought together or closed; to pinch; to close in upon.
    • 1859, Alfred Tennyson, Idylls of the King, Merlin and Vivien:
      May this hard earth cleave to the Nadir hell, Down, down, and close again, and nip me flat, If I be such a traitress.
  2. To remove by pinching, biting, or cutting with two meeting edges of anything; to clip.
    • 1716, John Mortimer, The Whole Art of Husbandry[1]:
      The small shoots ... must be nipt off.
  3. To benumb [e.g., cheeks, fingers, nose] by severe cold.
  4. To blast, as by frost; to check the growth or vigor of; to destroy.
  5. To annoy, as by nipping.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene:
      And sharp remorse his heart did prick and nip.
  6. To taunt.
  7. (Scotland, Northern England) To squeeze or pinch.
  8. (obsolete, UK, thieves' cant) To steal; especially to cut a purse.
    • 1611, Thomas Middleton, “The Roaring Girl”, in Arthur Henry Bullen, editor, The Works of Thomas Middleton[2], volume 4, published 1885, act 5, scene 1, pages 128–129:
      Ben mort, shall you and I heave a bough, mill a ken, or nip a bung, and then we'll couch a hogshead under the ruffmans, and there you shall wap with me, and I'll niggle with you.
    • 1712, J. Shirley, “The Black Procession”, in Farmer, John Stephen, editor, Musa Pedestris[3], verse 4, published 1896, page 38:
      The twelfth is a beau-trap, if a cull he does meet, / He nips all his cole, and turns him into the street.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:steal
  9. (obsolete) To affect [one] painfully; to cause physical pain.'
    • 1907, E.M. Forster, The Longest Journey, Part I, XII [Uniform ed., p. 136]:
      He had never expected to fling the soldier, or to be flung by Flea. “One nips or is nipped,” he thought, “and never knows beforehand. …"
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Noun[edit]

nip (plural nips)

  1. A playful bite.
    The puppy gave his owner’s finger a nip.
  2. A pinch with the nails or teeth.
  3. Briskly cold weather.
    There is a nip in the air. It is nippy outside.
  4. A seizing or closing in upon; a pinching
    the nip of masses of ice
  5. A small cut, or a cutting off the end.
  6. (mining) A more or less gradual thinning out of a stratum.
  7. A blast; a killing of the ends of plants by frost.
  8. A biting sarcasm; a taunt.
  9. (nautical) A short turn in a rope.
  10. (papermaking) The place of intersection where one roll touches another
  11. (obsolete, UK, thieves' cant) A pickpocket.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:pickpocket
    • 1977, Gãmini Salgãdo, The Elizabethan Underworld, Folio Society, published 2006, page 27:
      A novice nip, newly arrived in London, went one afternoon to the Red Bull in Bishopsgate, an inn converted to a playhouse.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Short for nipperkin, ultimately from Middle Low German nippen or Middle Dutch nipen ("to sip; nip"; > Dutch nippen). Compare also German nippen (to sip; taste).

Noun[edit]

nip (plural nips)

  1. A small quantity of something edible or a potable liquor.
    Synonyms: (of food) nibble, (specifically of alcohol) a little of the creature; see also Thesaurus:drink
    I’ll just take a nip of that cake.
    He had a nip of whiskey.

Etymology 3[edit]

Clipping of nipple.

Noun[edit]

nip (plural nips)

  1. (slang, vulgar) A nipple, usually of a woman.
    Did you manage to sneak a peek at her nips, bro?
    • 2023 August 28, Vanessa Friedman, quoting Eddye, Madison, Wis., “Are There Any Rules About Going Braless?”, in The New York Times[4], →ISSN:
      I find bras totally uncomfortable, hot and itchy, for both work and leisure. But looking around, I seem to be in the minority. What are the rules for going braless? Is it OK to show my nips, or is it rude?
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Verb[edit]

nip (third-person singular simple present nips, present participle nipping, simple past and past participle nipped)

  1. (slang, vulgar) To have erect nipples.

Etymology 4[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Verb[edit]

nip (third-person singular simple present nips, present participle nipping, simple past and past participle nipped)

  1. (informal) To make a quick, short journey or errand, usually a round trip.
    Why don’t you nip down to the grocer’s for some milk?
    • 2022 November 2, Paul Bigland, “New trains, old trains, and splendid scenery”, in RAIL, number 969, page 58:
      My trip ends at Wrexham General. While the '150' trundles the final half-mile down the single line to Wrexham Central, I nip over the footbridge to explore the main part of the station.

Etymology 5[edit]

Canada 1931.

Noun[edit]

nip (plural nips)

  1. (Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario) A hamburger.

References[edit]

  • “nip” in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • Roberts, David (24 February 2001), “Rock Royalty Buys Winnipeg ‘Crown Jewel’”, in The Globe and Mail, Toronto, page A3.

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Albanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Albanian *nepō, from Proto-Indo-European *népōts (grandson, nephew). Cognate to Latin nepos (grandson) and Sanskrit नपात् (nápat-, grandson). Reinforcement/influence or a borrowing from Latin is also possible.[1]

Noun[edit]

nip m (plural nipër, definite nipi, definite plural nipërt)

  1. nephew
  2. grandson

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Topalli, K. (2017), “nip”, in Fjalor Etimologjik i Gjuhës Shqipe, Durrës, Albania: Jozef, page 1064

Dutch[edit]

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nip

  1. inflection of nippen:
    1. first-person singular present indicative
    2. imperative

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Old Irish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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nip

  1. Alternative spelling of níp

Mutation[edit]

Old Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Nasalization
nip
also nnip after a proclitic
nip
pronounced with /n(ʲ)-/
unchanged
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Hungarian nép.

Noun[edit]

nip n (uncountable)

  1. (Transylvania) people (as a large group)

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References[edit]

  • nip in Academia Română, Micul dicționar academic, ediția a II-a, Bucharest: Univers Enciclopedic, 2010. →ISBN