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Definition of nip noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the act of giving someone a small bite or pinch (= squeezing their skin between your finger and thumb) The dog gave her a painful nip on the leg.
  2. 2(informal) a feeling of cold There was a real nip in the air. see also nippy
  3. 3(informal) a small drink of strong alcohol
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: nip