nip: Meaning and Definition of
— v., n. nipped, nip•ping,
- to squeeze or compress tightly between two surfaces or points; pinch; bite.
- to take off by pinching, biting, or snipping (usually fol. by off&hasp;): He nipped off a piece of steak and gave it to the dog.
- to check in growth or development.
- to affect sharply and painfully or injuriously, as a very cold temperature: a cold wind that nips the fingers.
- to snatch away suddenly.
- to defeat (an opponent) by a very close margin; edge.
- to steal or pilfer.
- (of ice) to press (a ship) from opposite sides.
- to seize (a taut rope) to another rope.
- to leave stealthily; sneak away; flee (often fol. by away).
- See (def. 6).
- an act of nipping; a pinch or small bite: The dog took several nips at our heels.
- a biting quality, as in cold or frosty air: There's a nip in the air this morning.
- sharp cold; a sharp touch of frost: The trees had felt the first nip of winter.
- a sharp or biting remark.
- a biting taste or tang, esp. in some cheese.
- a small bit or quantity of anything: a nip of bread to stave off hunger.
- an abrupt turn or twist in a rope.
- a part of a rope or chain bound by a seizing or nipper.
- Usually,nipper (def. 2).
- with each competitor equaling or closely contesting the speed, scoring, or efforts of the other: It was nip and tuck as to which sailboat would reach port first.
— n., v., nipped, nip•ping.
- a small drink of alcoholic liquor; sip: a person who relishes an occasional nip.
- split (def. 29).
- to drink (alcoholic liquor) in small sips, esp. repeatedly.
— n., adj. Slang (disparaging and offensive)
- nip (Thesaurus)