Crossword clues for nip
- Sip from a flask
- Autumn arrival
- Defeat by just a tad
- Wee drink
- Fall sensation
- Little belt
- Small amount of drink
- Beat by a hair
- Edge out
- Winter chill
- A tart spiciness
- A small drink
- A person of Japanese descent
- A small drink of liquor
- Small sharp biting
- ___ in the bud (stop)
- Little bite
- Tippler's temptation
- Tuck's companion
- Touch of winter
- Tuck's predecessor
- Cheese quality
- Small drink
- Jack Frost's touch
- Partner of tuck
- Jigger contents
- ___ in the bud
- Fall-air quality
- Small bite
- Short snort
- Tiny bite
- Tuck's partner
- Barely beat
- Touch of Jack Frost
- Puppy's bite
- Beat by a tiny bit
- Touch of frost
- Bit of chill
- Quick drink
- Bit of brandy
- Winter air quality
- Sharp flavor
- Fall weather feature
- Chill in the air
- Edge at the buzzer
- Just beat
- Sharp cheese quality
- Light bite
- It's in the winter air
- Small sample
- Wee dram
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Nip \Nip\, n. [LG. & D. nippen to sip; akin to Dan. nippe, G. nippen.] A sip or small draught; esp., a draught of intoxicating liquor; a dram.
Nip \Nip\, n.
A seizing or closing in upon; a pinching; as, in the northern seas, the nip of masses of ice.
A pinch with the nails or teeth.
A small cut, or a cutting off the end.
A blast; a killing of the ends of plants by frost.
A biting sarcasm; a taunt.
(Naut.) A short turn in a rope.
Nip and tuck, a phrase signifying equality in a contest; as, it was nip and tuck right to the last minute of play.
Nip \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.]
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.
To remove by pinching, biting, or cutting with two meeting edges of anything; to clip.
The small shoots . . . must be nipped off.
Hence: To blast, as by frost; to check the growth or vigor of; to destroy.
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 very commencement of growth; to kill in the incipient stage.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"a pinch; a sharp bite," 1540s, from nip (v.). Meaning "a chill in the weather" is from 1610s, probably so called for its effect on vegetation. Nip and tuck "a close thing" is recorded from 1832, perhaps from sailing or tailoring.
"to pinch sharply; to bite suddenly," late 14c., related to Middle Low German nipen "to nip, to pinch," German nippen, Middle Dutch nipen "to pinch," Dutch nijpen, Old Norse hnippa "to prod," but the exact evolution of the stem is obscure. Related: Nipped; nipping. To nip (something) in the bud in the figurative sense is first recorded c.1600.
"small measure of spirits," 1796, shortening of nipperkin (1670s) "quantity of liquor of a half pint or less," possibly of Dutch or Low German origin (compare German Nipp "sip, taste") and related to nip (v.). Reinforced by nip (n.2) on notion of "fragment or bit pinched off" (c.1600).
Etymology 1 n. A small quantity of something edible or a potable liquor. Etymology 2
n. (context vulgar English) A nipple, usually of a woman. Etymology 3
n. 1 A playful bite. 2 A pinch with the nails or teeth. 3 brisk cold weather. 4 A seizing or closing in upon; a pinching; as, in the northern seas, the nip of masses of ice. 5 A small cut, or a cutting off the end. 6 A blast; a killing of the ends of plants by frost. 7 A biting sarcasm; a taunt. 8 (context nautical English) A short turn in a rope. Nip and tuck, a phrase signifying equality in a contest. [Low, U.S.] 9 The place of intersection where one roll touches another in papermaking. 10 (context historical slang English) A pickpocket. vb. 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. 2 To remove by pinching, biting, or cutting with two meeting edges of anything; to clip. 3 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. Etymology 4
vb. To make a quick, short journey or errand; usually roundtrip.
give a small sharp bite to; "The Queen's corgies always nip at her staff's ankles"
Nip is an ethnic slur against people of Japanese descent and origin, similar to the ethnic slur Jap.
In model theory, a branch of mathematical logic, a complete theory T is said to satisfy NIP (or "not the independence property") if none of its formulae satisfy the independence property, that is if none of its formulae can pick out any given subset of an arbitrarily large finite set.
Usage examples of "nip".
Snuffling loudly, she came close enough to nip at it and Alec snagged her by the head stall.
The only Englishmen likely to be out and about, though, were curbers and flicks and nips and high lawyers: thieves and robbers who might have a professional interest, as it were, in making his acquaintance.
But a steady stream of the lovely birds flashed downward, nipping at Erith with quick tilts of cutting beaks, then winging away with undiminished speed.
I must be content to abide by his judgment, and if I did not nip the affair in the bud there would be nothing for it but to remove Fanny from our care.
No alcoholic beverages would be served at the fantasia, and Cyrus enjoyed a preprandial nip of whiskey.
Her faultless nature, one sum of perfections, is wrapt up in her affections--if they were hurt, she would droop like an unwatered floweret, and the slightest injury they receive is a nipping frost to her.
Much vegetation had been nipped by early frost, and storms blew in every other day, roaring across the Pan Woods to rot what little provender remained and force the unicorns to spend full as much time huddling underhill as they did foraging for food.
But first old Giles must have a taste of food to put strength in his feeble old body, and a nip of wine to steady his torn and tortured nerves.
No craggy nor rockie places, nipt and blasted with sharpe windes, nor burnt with an vntemperate hotte Sunne, but vnder a sweet and pleasant temperature, in a moderate meane reioycing, betwixt two extreemes, the fields fruitful and without tillage and manuring, yeelding all commodities, warme hilles, greene woods and sweet coole shadowes.
But, after nipping off several choice hunks, the creature had no trouble regaining flight by running the length of the neck and flapping its massive furred wings a couple of times.
Just after Hamilton Place a bus went by, pulling away from the kerb, and I nipped on to it, giving him room to follow.
Even the two helmeted soldiers Kindy saw, evidently on fire watch, took furtive nips from covered bottles and wavered when walking.
Koolee, and Monnie, and Nip and Tup all ran to meet the hunters, and you never saw two prouder boys than Koko and Menie when they showed the reindeer to their mothers.
He massaged both and surprised her by laving her pussy, nipping her clit.
It had lidless eyes and horrible writhing hair that was a mass of eels with tiny sharp teeth nipping at her face.