nipping nipping  /ˈnɪ pɪŋ/


  1. (n) a small drink of liquor
  2. (n) (offensive slang) offensive term for a person of Japanese descent
  3. (n) the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth
  4. (n) the property of being moderately cold
  5. (n) a tart spicy quality
  6. (n) a small sharp bite or snip
  7. (v) squeeze tightly between the fingers
  8. (v) give a small sharp bite to
  9. (v) sever or remove by pinching or snipping
  10. (adj) capable of wounding
  11. (adj) pleasantly cold and invigorating

Derived Word(s)


  1. Now that some prices are rising anew, the central bankers again must ponder the question of whether to battle inflation at the risk of nipping the economy's three-year-old expansion.
  2. Around Asia, womenand increasingly, menare nipping and tucking, sucking and suturing, injecting and implanting, all in the quest for better looks.
  3. Streep is, predictably, a marvel as Miranda flapping her wings, nipping at her perpetually frightened flock, hissing her contempt for their frightened ways.


  1. Brainstorming New Ways To Test If Cosmos Is One Big Computer Simulation

    In the dog days of summer, when a gush of hot air from a Fifth Avenue subway grate can feel as real as it gets, take heart that the downtown traffic nipping at your heels may just be part of a cosmic-scale computer simulation.
    on June 28, 2013     Source: Forbes

  2. 2014 Jaguar XK

    The 2014 Jaguar XK is almost unchanged from last year's model, but that's not a bad thing at all. Mixing sports car heroics with grand touring elegance, in a taut and stylish shell, the XK is as authentic as it is British, and with the new XKR-S GT model joining the fold, it's even nipping into supercar territory for 2014. Redesigned...
    on June 28, 2013     Source: The Car Connection

  3. But Wait!: Quinnipiac Poll Posts Weiner in Second Place

    Don’t call him “front-runner” just yet. Only one day after Marist College found former Congressman Anthony Weiner with 25 percent of the mayoral race’s Democratic vote–5 points ahead of his closest opponent, Christine Quinn–a new Quinnipiac University survey found Ms. Quinn ahead and a third contender, former Comptroller Bill Thompson, nipping surprisingly close to their heels. Read More
    on June 27, 2013     Source: The New York Observer


  1. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said the decline reflected the success of early interventions - such as acceptable behaviour contracts and parenting orders - in "nipping problems in the bud".
    on May 8, 2008 By: Jacqui Smith Source: ic Wales

  2. Sure, "it's great for nipping," Sereno said, "but that's not where you want do your food processing."
    on Nov 15, 2007 By: Paul Sereno Source: Forbes

  3. "You've got to go at them hard, we've learned that over the last five or six years," he said. "If you go at them and it comes off it puts them under a lot of pressure. We all remember that Twenty20 game at Hampshire, where we kept nipping...
    on Jun 21, 2010 By: Paul Collingwood Source: The Canadian Press

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