Definition of nip noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//nɪp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//nɪp//
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  1. 1the act of giving somebody 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
  4. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 2 late Middle English: probably of Low German or Dutch origin. noun sense 3 late 18th cent. (originally denoting a half-pint of ale): probably an abbreviation of the rare term nipperkin ‘small measure’; compare with Low German and Dutch nippen ‘to sip’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: nip