nip

A nip is a tiny bite, a cold feeling, or a strong taste on your tongue. It’s also a verb for pinching or biting something, but not always in a bad way.

Being nipped now and then isn’t a big deal. If a puppy nips your finger, no worries. The cold morning nip when you get out of bed is uncomfortable, but put on socks and you’re fine. Nipping can be a good thing sometimes, like in the phrase “nip it in the bud,” which means stopping a poor behavior or activity when it first starts. A nip can also mean a small sip of something, like hot chocolate — which is a good idea if you’re feeling a nip of a cold draft.

Primary Meanings of nip

1.
vn
sever or remove by pinching or snipping
a small sharp bite or snip
2.
n
the property of being moderately cold
3.
n
a small drink of liquor
4.
n
a tart spicy quality
Full Definitions of nip
1

v sever or remove by pinching or snipping

nip off the flowers”
Synonyms:
clip, nip off, snip, snip off
Type of:
cut
separate with or as if with an instrument

v squeeze tightly between the fingers

Synonyms:
pinch, squeeze, tweet, twinge, twitch
Types:
goose
pinch in the buttocks
tweak
pinch or squeeze sharply
Type of:
grip
hold fast or firmly

v give a small sharp bite to

“The Queen's corgis always nip at her staff's ankles”
Type of:
bite, seize with teeth
to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws

n a small sharp bite or snip

Synonyms:
pinch
Type of:
clip, clipping, snip
the act of clipping or snipping
bite, chomp
the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws
2

n the property of being moderately cold

Synonyms:
chilliness, coolness
Type of:
cold, coldness, frigidity, frigidness, low temperature
the absence of heat
3

n a small drink of liquor

Synonyms:
shot
Type of:
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
4

n a tart spicy quality

Synonyms:
piquance, piquancy, piquantness, tang, tanginess, zest
Type of:
spice, spicery, spiciness
the property of being seasoned with spice and so highly flavored

n the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth

Synonyms:
flavor, flavour, relish, sapidity, savor, savour, smack, tang
Types:
lemon
a distinctive tart flavor characteristic of lemons
vanilla
a distinctive fragrant flavor characteristic of vanilla beans
Type of:
gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, taste, taste perception, taste sensation
the sensation that results when taste buds in the tongue and throat convey information about the chemical composition of a soluble stimulus

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