- 1[transitive, intransitive] to fasten something to something else with a clip; to be fastened with a clip clip something + adv./prep. He clipped the microphone (on) to his collar. Clip the pages together. + adv./prep. Do those earrings clip on?
- 2[transitive] to cut something with scissors or shears, in order to make it shorter or neater; to remove something from somewhere by cutting it off clip something to clip a hedge clip something from something/off (something) He clipped off a length of wire.
- 3[transitive] to hit the edge or side of something clip something The car clipped the kerb as it turned. clip something + adv./prep. She clipped the ball into the net.
- 4[transitive] clip something (out of/from something) to cut something out of something else using scissors to clip a coupon (out of the paper) Word Originverb sense 1 Old English clyppan (verb), of West Germanic origin. The noun use dates from the late 15th cent. verb senses 2 to 4 Middle English: from Old Norse klippa, probably imitative.Extra examples He clipped off a piece of wire with the pliers. His hair had been clipped as closely as possible to the scalp. The trees had been clipped into formal shapes.Idioms to restrict a person’s freedom or power Having a new baby to take care of has clipped her wings. Phrasal Verbsclip something off something
BrE BrE//klɪp//; NAmE NAmE//klɪp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they clip
BrE BrE//klɪp//; NAmE NAmE//klɪp//he / she / it clips
BrE BrE//klɪps//; NAmE NAmE//klɪps//past simple clipped
BrE BrE//klɪpt//; NAmE NAmE//klɪpt//past participle clipped
BrE BrE//klɪpt//; NAmE NAmE//klɪpt//-ing form clipping
BrE BrE//ˈklɪpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈklɪpɪŋ//