From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishnipnip1 /nɪp/ verb (nipped, nipping) 🔊 🔊 1[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] British English informalGO to go somewhere quickly or for a short time syn pop 🔊 Have we time to nip down the pub for a quick drink? 🔊 Another car nipped in (=moved quickly into a space) in front of me. 🔊 I’ve got to nip home and change my clothes.2[intransitive, transitive]BITE to bite someone or something lightly 🔊 She gently nipped the lobe of his ear.nip at 🔊 The fish swam all around her and nipped at her legs.3 →nip something in the bud4[transitive] British EnglishPRESS to suddenly and quickly press something tightly between two fingers, edges, or surfaces → pinch 🔊 Sally nipped her cheeks to make them look less pale. 🔊 He nipped his finger in the door.5[intransitive, transitive] writtenHURT if coldweather or the wind nips at part of your body or at a plant, it hurts or damages itnip at 🔊 The frost nipped at our fingers. →nip something ↔ off→ See Verb table
nipnip2 noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1PRESSthe act or result of biting something lightly or pressing something between two fingers, edges, or surfaces 🔊 His dog gave me a painful nip on the leg.2DFDDRINKa small amount of strong alcoholic drinknip of 🔊 a nip of brandy3 →a nip in the air4 →nip and tuck
Examples from the Corpus
nip• He thought she might be on the point of offering him a nip of whisky but she did not go that far.• A nip here, a tuck there, and it was seven years ago.• He took to having a daily early-morning nip from a half-bottle of whisky in his hippocket.• The dog gave me a playfulnip.• He called his techniquenips for blips, blips being the little green numbers that representbondprices on the screens.• The nip on my cheeks of it confirms life.• It was nip and tuck up to 7-7 before Best opened up a 12-9 lead.• Already, the darkness was closing in, and there was a realwinternip in the air.• He was shortly drinking hard, following bourbon two-fers with nipbottles of LuckyLager.