nip Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “nip” in the English Dictionary

"nip" in British English

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uk   us   /nɪp/ (-pp-)

nip verb (GO QUICKLY)

[I usually + adv/prep] UK informal to go ​somewherequickly or be ​somewhere for only a ​shorttime: Can you nip out/round/down to the ​shop for me? Shall we nip in to the ​café for a ​bite to ​eat?

nip verb (PRESS QUICKLY)

[I or T] to ​press something ​quickly and ​quite hard between two ​objects, ​especiallysharpobjects such as ​teeth or ​nails: Josie's ​hamster nipped me.


uk   us   /nɪp/

nip noun (COLD)

a nip (in the air) informal If there is a nip in the ​air, the ​airoutside is ​quitecold: You can ​tell winter's on ​its way - there's a ​real nip in the ​air in the ​mornings.


an ​occasion when something nips a ​person or thing: The ​dog gave me a nip when we were ​playing.

nip noun (DRINK)

[C] UK informal a ​smallamount of ​strongalcoholicdrink: a nip of ​gin/​brandy

Nipnoun [C]

uk   us   /nɪp/ old-fashioned offensive
an ​offensive word for a ​Japaneseperson
(Definition of nip from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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nipverb [I/T]

 us   /nɪp/ (-pp-)
to ​press something hard between two often ​sharpobjects, such as ​teeth or the ​nails on ​fingers: [I/T] The ​puppykept nipping (at) her ​ankles.
(Definition of nip from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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