Translation of "nip" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb uk /nɪp/ us /nɪp/ present participle nipping, past tense and past participle nipped

to quickly bite someone


UK informal to go somewhere quickly and for a short time

ir rápidamente
I just nipped down the road to get a paper.
noun uk /nɪp/ /nɪp/
a nip (in the air)

If there is a nip in the air, the air outside is cold

frescor (en el aire)
You can tell winter’s on its way – there’s a real nip in the air in the mornings.

(Translation of “nip” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


verb /nip/ (past tense, past participle nipped)

to press between the thumb and a finger, or between claws or teeth, causing pain; to pinch or bite

A crab nipped her toe
The dog nipped her ankle.

to cut with such an action

He nipped the wire with the pliers
He nipped off the heads of the flowers.

to sting

Iodine nips when it is put on a cut.

to move quickly; to make a quick, usually short, journey

entrar en un momento, ir
I’ll just nip into this shop for cigarettes
He nipped over to Paris for the week-end.

to stop the growth of (plants etc)

helar, marchitar
The frost has nipped the roses.
nippy adjective

(of the weather) cold

It’s a bit nippy outside today.

(British ) quick-moving; nimble

a nippy little car.
nip (something) in the bud

to stop (something) as soon as it starts

cortar de raíz
The managers nipped the strike in the bud.

(Translation of “nip” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)