Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Sharp and biting, as the cold.
  • adj. Bitingly sarcastic.

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  • v. Present participle of nip.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Biting; pinching; painful; destructive

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. capable of wounding
  • adj. pleasantly cold and invigorating

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Examples

  • Besides overseeing the continuous adjustment, by trimming of sails and orders to the helmsman, of the Arangi to her way on the sea, and overseeing the boat's crew at its task of washing deck and polishing brasswork, he was engaged in steadily nipping from a stolen bottle of his captain's whiskey which he had stowed away in the hollow between the two sacks of yams lashed on deck aft the mizzenmast.

    Chapter 7

  • Besides overseeing the continuous adjustment, by trimming of sails and orders to the helmsman, of the Arangi to her way on the sea, and overseeing the boat’s crew at its task of washing deck and polishing brasswork, he was engaged in steadily nipping from a stolen bottle of his captain’s whiskey which he had stowed away in the hollow between the two sacks of yams lashed on deck aft the mizzenmast.

    CHAPTER VII

  • In a sexual behavior known as 'nipping,' males contact their snouts to the female genital area prior to copulation.

    Carin Bondar: Excuse Me... I Think You've Got Something Stuck on Your Upper Lip

  • Lo, there is a gun before him, and the shade of a stately stag nipping the phantom of a youthful hazel.

    Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 1 (of 3)

  • This gives it better low-speed stability than a normal motorbike and should help it appeal to people who've never ridden one, but like the idea of nipping in and out of traffic on a nimble urban vehicle.

    Crave at CNET UK

  • And Chase running around behind Foreman, kind of nipping at his ankles Pay the man!

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • It was not only spiteful enemies in human form, that sent crashing shells and piercing bullets, but every kind of nipping, boring, sucking, and stinging creatures in the air and on the earth, that our brave soldiers, and especially our wounded, had to face.

    Charles Carleton Coffin War Correspondent, Traveller, Author, and Statesman

  • We are pinched with "nipping" airs which do not remain clear and steady, but unbend themselves in a dirty slush called snow in the papers.

    Early Letters of George Wm. Curtis

  • Why does my dog keep "nipping" at my little brother for no reason? en Español

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  • - Activities which are littered with interruptions; "nipping" out of a production rehearsal to record a radio or television scene, or negotiating with your "naturalism" director to rehearse your scenes later so you can film for your "television" module, etc.

    The Stage / News Headlines

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