Definitions for: Nip

[n] small sharp biting
[n] a small drink
[n] a tart spiciness
[n] a person of Japanese descent
[n] a small drink of liquor; "he poured a shot of whiskey"
[v] give a small sharp bite to; "The Queen's corgies always nip at her staff's ankles"
[v] sever or remove by pinching or snipping; "nip off the flowers"
[v] squeeze tightly between the fingers; "He pinched her behind"; "She squeezed the bottle"

Webster (1913) Definition: Nip, n. [LG. & D. nippen to sip; akin to Dan. nippe, G.
A sip or small draught; esp., a draught of intoxicating
liquor; a dram.

Nip, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nipped, less properly Nipt;
p. pr. & vb. n. Nipping.] [OE. nipen; cf. D. niipen to
pinch, also knippen to nip, clip, pinch, snap, knijpen to
pinch, LG. knipen, G. kneipen, kneifen, to pinch, cut off,
nip, Lith. knebti.]
1. To catch and inclose or compress tightly between two
surfaces, or points which are brought together or closed;
to pinch; to close in upon.

May this hard earth cleave to the Nadir hell, Down,
down, and close again, and nip me flat, If I be such
a traitress. --Tennyson.

2. To remove by pinching, biting, or cutting with two meeting
edges of anything; to clip.

The small shoots . . . must be nipped off.

3. Hence: To blast, as by frost; to check the growth or vigor
of; to destroy.

4. To vex or pain, as by nipping; hence, to taunt.

And sharp remorse his heart did prick and nip.

To nip in the bud, to cut off at the verycommencement of
growth; to kill in the incipient stage.

Nip, n.
1. A seizing or closing in upon; a pinching; as, in the
northern seas, the nip of masses of ice.

2. A pinch with the nails or teeth.

3. A small cut, or a cutting off the end.

4. A blast; a killing of the ends of plants by frost.

5. A biting sarcasm; a taunt. --Latimer.

6. (Naut.) A short turn in a rope.

Nip and tuck, a phrase signifying equality in a contest.
[Low, U.S.]

Synonyms: clip, Jap, nip off, pinch, pinch, piquance, piquancy, shot, sip, snip, snip off, squeeze, tang, tanginess, tweet, twinge, twitch, zest

See Also: bite, bite, chomp, cut, deglutition, drink, grip, Japanese, Nipponese, seize with teeth, small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity, spice, spicery, spiciness, swallow, tweak

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