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.

Definitions of nip
  1. verb
    sever or remove by pinching or snipping
    nip off the flowers”
    synonyms: clip, nip off, snip, snip off
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    type of:
    separate with or as if with an instrument
  2. verb
    squeeze tightly between the fingers
    synonyms: pinch, squeeze, tweet, twinge, twitch
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    pinch in the buttocks
    pinch or squeeze sharply
    type of:
    hold fast or firmly
  3. verb
    give a small sharp bite to
    “The Queen's corgis always nip at her staff's ankles”
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    type of:
    bite, seize with teeth
    to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws
  4. noun
    a small sharp bite or snip
    synonyms: pinch
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    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
  5. noun
    the property of being moderately cold
  6. noun
    a small drink of liquor
    synonyms: shot
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    type of:
    small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
    an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
  7. noun
    a tart spicy quality
    synonyms: piquance, piquancy, piquantness, tang, tanginess, zest
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    type of:
    spice, spicery, spiciness
    the property of being seasoned with spice and so highly flavored
  8. noun
    the taste experience when a savory condiment is taken into the mouth
    synonyms: flavor, flavour, relish, sapidity, savor, savour, smack, tang
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    a distinctive tart flavor characteristic of lemons
    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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