- 1 [transitive, intransitive] to give someone or something a quick painful bite or pinch (= squeezing their skin between your finger and thumb) nip something He winced as the dog nipped his ankle. nip (at something) She nipped at my arm.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] (of cold, wind, etc.) to harm or damage something nip (at something) The icy wind nipped at our faces. nip something growing shoots nipped by frost Idioms
NAmE//nɪp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they nip
he / she / it nips
past simple nipped
-ing form nipping
to stop something when it has just begun because you can see that problems will come from it Phrasal Verbsnip somethingoff
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