Adjective "nipping" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Bite or pinch sharply.
  1. no object 'his teeth nipped at her ear'
  2. 'I'd arrange for visitors over that weekend, and if he nipped at a visitor, I would make sure he understood I was very displeased.'
  3. 'The dogs nipped at her heels, the silver dusk rose up as her feet sped on.'
  4. 'I bared my teeth and nipped at his finger.'
  5. 'Thundering Glory seemed to know what was wrong, because he nickered and nipped at the bottom of my shirt.'
  6. 'They chase off clownfish that don't fit into the hierarchy and many scuba divers tell anecdotes of being nipped at if they venture too close.'
  7. 'A crab had nipped at my toe but it hadn't taken the whole thing off.'
  8. 'He saw his rescuer standing just a few feet away from him a small dog nipping at her heels.'
  9. 'My son bites me when he's angry, he nips me when I wake up too slowly - at this point there aren't many times he won't bite me.'
  10. 'The two enjoyed several awkward moments of guy-ness on opposite sides of the living room, while Shadow nipped at them both.'
  11. 'the vegetable garden, nipped now by frost'
  12. 'What has happened to Sheila's tree every year is that it has been nipped by a late frost.'
  13. 'Groaning, I could only squirm as more winds of biting cold nipped at my body.'
  14. 'Winter is here, temperatures are dropping, and whether you like it or not, Jack Frost will soon be nipping not only your nose, but the rest of your body as well!'
  15. 'The cold winds were nipping at him badly, but Peter did not care.'
  16. 'It was so cold that the frost nipped at your nose while wrapped in a scarf.'
  17. 'But they did and because the weather has been mild, Jane hasn't had to worry about new leaves being nipped by late frosts.'
  18. 'When the first heavy frost of the fall nips the local golf course I am out there trying to make ski tracks.'
  19. 'The one thing to remember is not to eat the head, so the grub is held by that end and the remainder is nipped off.'
  20. 'We have infestations at different times of things like Spider Crabs and Spider Crabs are very fond of nipping the ends off the arms and sucking the gonads out from inside.'
  21. 'The patient observer may see it trying to nip feeding arms off unfortunate barnacles.'
Go quickly.
  1. 'I quickly nip back in my room to put on my sneakers when the Scottish roommate informs me that the girlfriend has locked herself in his room.'
  2. 'And so, sensitive observers were suddenly noticing the ambulances nipping through the traffic, presumably rushing to deal with the latest sighting of SARS.'
  3. 'What if it has been left there by someone who's nipped to the loo?'
  4. 'So I nipped into the museum and after a quick look round, high tailed out the back door and found a bus.'
  5. 'I had to nip over to the nursery and drop the company car back, but no trains were running, so I had to take a bus.'
  6. 'However, it lacks one thing - the ability to nip on and off between bus stops.'
  7. 'While Will and the others are buying their first drink, I nip to the loo.'
  8. 'I stayed about an hour just enjoying the activity, then nipped back to the car park between showers.'
  9. 'Having rushed around all day, we nipped out for a takeaway, mixed kebab meat, sausage and chips with garlic mayo and it was delicious.'
  10. 'As I couldn't see them I decided I would quickly nip to the loo to touch up my make up, try to do something with my hair and… well you know.'
Steal or snatch (something).


    A sharp bite or pinch.
    1. 'He gave me a nasty nip to the ear and I leaped away.'
    2. 'His fair hand made a gesture to touch the dog's face but was rewarded by a painful nip from her sharp fangs.'
    3. 'Our largest native flying bird can deliver a nasty nip and the males know no fear when it comes to the defence of their mates and nestlings.'
    4. 'Sora bit his lip as he felt the sharp nip set his nerves a ringing.'
    5. 'I jumped suddenly as I felt a sharp nip given to my shoulder.'
    6. 'I am also fairly concerned about running into one of these little bastards, who look as if they give a nasty nip.'
    7. 'He remained, wallet intact, unharmed by so much as a single scratch or nip.'
    8. 'Your garden - like ours - can weather autumn's nightly nip in the air and can even breeze through those first fleeting frosts.'
    9. 'Right on schedule, there's a bracing nip in the air these days, and the Montreal live-music scene is shaking off its end-of-summer sluggishness.'
    10. 'Winter is round the corner and there is a nip in the morning air.'
    11. 'She came into the barn from the field, her face flush with the nip of the cold.'
    12. 'There's a nip in the air, but, it's nice to have the sun back and no clouds in the sky after a pretty miserable few days'
    13. 'A sharpening nip to the wind made me look south, where a familiar pearling of the sky and darkening of sea showed that the ferryman's prophecy was set to come true.'
    14. 'But every morning now there is a sharp nip in the air, and at night you need to wrap up.'
    15. 'The nip in the air tells us that summer is drawing to a close and autumn is getting ready make its entrance.'
    16. 'Fall arrived almost exactly on cue last week, the temperature suddenly cooling so that New Yorkers awoke the morning after Labour Day to a slight nip in the air, and a distinct sense of seasonal change.'
    17. 'See how I have swapped from cold white wine to red now that there is a nip in the air.'


    A Japanese person.

      More definitions

      1. sharp or biting, as cold.

      2. sarcastic; caustic.

      More examples(as adjective)

      "recoveries can be nipping."

      "problems can be nipping."

      "outsides can be nipping."

      "outs can be nipping."

      "backs can be nipping."

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      1940s: abbreviation of Nipponese.


      in the nip
      nip something in the bud