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Definition of "nip" []

  • To seize and pinch or bite: The fish nipped the wader's toe. (verb-transitive)
  • To remove or sever by pinching or snipping: nipped off the plant leaf. (verb-transitive)
  • To bite or sting with the cold; chill. (verb-transitive)
  • To check or cut off the growth or development of: a conspiracy that was nipped in the bud by the police. See Synonyms at blast. (verb-transitive)
  • Slang To snatch up hastily. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "nip" in a sentence
  • "Mr. Ditton, the village lawyer, also saw it without having recourse to the spy-glass; but as Mr. Ditton had but lately had what he called a nip, and indeed several of them, he was in that happy state of sweet good nature which agrees with the last speaker."
  • "I've just had a course of five, which was prompted by a nip from a stray cat, which I feed, here in India."
  • "If his sister got a nip from the other dog, the brother would fight harder."