nip Definition

  • 1to give a quick bite or pinch with the teeth
  • 2to squeeze tightly between two surfaces or points
  • 3to move quickly or hurry

Using nip: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "nip" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The puppy nipped at my heels as I walked.

  • Example

    I accidentally nipped my finger with the scissors.

  • Example

    She nipped the fabric between her fingers to test its quality.

  • Example

    I need to nip to the store before it closes.

nip Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for nip

Antonyms for nip

Phrases with nip

  • nip and tuck

    a very close competition or race, where the outcome is uncertain until the very end


    It was a nip and tuck race, but she managed to cross the finish line first.

  • to stop a problem from developing or getting worse by taking action at an early stage


    We need to nip this issue in the bud before it becomes a major problem.

  • nip at someone's heels

    to follow closely behind someone, especially in a competitive situation


    The young athlete is nipping at the heels of the reigning champion.

Origins of nip

from Middle Low German 'nipen', meaning 'to pinch'


Summary: nip in Brief

The verb 'nip' [nɪp] can mean to bite or pinch quickly, squeeze tightly, or move quickly. Examples include 'The puppy nipped at my heels as I walked,' and 'She nipped the fabric between her fingers to test its quality.' Phrases like 'nip and tuck' denote a close competition, while 'nip something in the bud' means to stop a problem early on.

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