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Syllabification: pip

noun

1A small hard seed in a fruit.
Example sentences
  • Place the fruit, rind and pips in a large bowl and cover with cold water.
  • That explains why all the fruit has nasty pips in it.
  • Some foods, especially fruit skins and pips can swell in the gut causing blockages.
Synonyms
2 informal An excellent or very attractive person or thing.

Origin

late 18th century: abbreviation of pippin.

More
  • The name for the small hard seed in a fruit is a shortening of pippin, an apple grown from seed. English adopted the word from French, but its ultimate origin is unknown. The British politician Sir Eric Geddes was the first to use the expression squeeze until the pips squeak, ‘to extract the maximum amount of money from’, in a 1918 speech about the compensation to be paid by Germany after the First World War: ‘The Germans…are going to pay every penny; they are going to be squeezed as a lemon is squeezed…until the pips squeak.’ Another pip is an unpleasant disease of chickens and other birds which is documented as far back as medieval times. From the late 15th century various human diseases and ailments also came to be called the pip, though the precise symptoms are rarely specified: today's equivalent would probably be the dreaded lurgy ( see lurgy). Whatever the nature of the disease, the sufferer would probably be in a foul mood, hence the pip became ‘bad temper’ and to give someone the pip was to irritate or depress them. The name came from medieval Dutch pippe, which was probably based on Latin pituita ‘slime, phlegm’, found also in pituitary gland (early 17th century).

Derivatives

pipless

1
Pronunciation: /ˈpiplis/
adjective
Example sentences
  • They are preparing to sell pipless clementines.
  • Biologists developing the pipless fruit, in Australia and Japan, have identified a particular gene that causes plants to destroy the seeds in their own fruit.

Words that rhyme with pip

blip, chip, clip, dip, drip, equip, flip, grip, gyp, harelip, hip, kip, lip, nip, outstrip, quip, rip, scrip, ship, sip, skip, slip, snip, strip, tip, toodle-pip, trip, whip, yip, zip

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Syllabification: pip

noun

1A small shape or symbol, in particular.
1.1Any of the spots on playing cards, dice, or dominoes.
Example sentences
  • Each domino with 10 pips - - is worth 10 points to the side that wins it in their tricks.
  • They include a bizarre grand piano, not only reconstructed by Philip Webb but in addition decorated by Kate Faulkner with playing-card pips, mottoes and whorls of gilt gesso-work.
  • In both cases, the players who did not domino score the total of the pips on the tiles left in their hand.
1.2A single blossom of a clustered head of flowers.
1.3A diamond-shaped segment of the surface of a pineapple.
1.4An image of an object on a radar screen.
Example sentences
  • In the HEADING-UPWARD display, the target pips are painted at their measured distances in direction relative to own ship's heading.
1.5British A star (1-3 according to rank) on the shoulder of an army officer’s uniform.
Example sentences
  • The other man was solidly built, and dressed in a black uniform, two golden pips on each shoulder, and with his hands gloved in a similar black.
  • I did not even have time to get out of the door before a man in a white shirt full of shoulder pips and a stern look on his face appeared to warn me off taking action.
  • He was in full dress uniform, black with golden pips and a red beret.

Origin

late 16th century (originally peep, denoting each of the dots on playing cards, dice, and dominoes): of unknown origin.

More
  • The name for the small hard seed in a fruit is a shortening of pippin, an apple grown from seed. English adopted the word from French, but its ultimate origin is unknown. The British politician Sir Eric Geddes was the first to use the expression squeeze until the pips squeak, ‘to extract the maximum amount of money from’, in a 1918 speech about the compensation to be paid by Germany after the First World War: ‘The Germans…are going to pay every penny; they are going to be squeezed as a lemon is squeezed…until the pips squeak.’ Another pip is an unpleasant disease of chickens and other birds which is documented as far back as medieval times. From the late 15th century various human diseases and ailments also came to be called the pip, though the precise symptoms are rarely specified: today's equivalent would probably be the dreaded lurgy ( see lurgy). Whatever the nature of the disease, the sufferer would probably be in a foul mood, hence the pip became ‘bad temper’ and to give someone the pip was to irritate or depress them. The name came from medieval Dutch pippe, which was probably based on Latin pituita ‘slime, phlegm’, found also in pituitary gland (early 17th century).

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noun

(usually the pips) British
A short high-pitched sound used especially to indicate the time on the radio or to instruct a caller using a public telephone to insert more money.

Origin

early 20th century: imitative.

More
  • The name for the small hard seed in a fruit is a shortening of pippin, an apple grown from seed. English adopted the word from French, but its ultimate origin is unknown. The British politician Sir Eric Geddes was the first to use the expression squeeze until the pips squeak, ‘to extract the maximum amount of money from’, in a 1918 speech about the compensation to be paid by Germany after the First World War: ‘The Germans…are going to pay every penny; they are going to be squeezed as a lemon is squeezed…until the pips squeak.’ Another pip is an unpleasant disease of chickens and other birds which is documented as far back as medieval times. From the late 15th century various human diseases and ailments also came to be called the pip, though the precise symptoms are rarely specified: today's equivalent would probably be the dreaded lurgy ( see lurgy). Whatever the nature of the disease, the sufferer would probably be in a foul mood, hence the pip became ‘bad temper’ and to give someone the pip was to irritate or depress them. The name came from medieval Dutch pippe, which was probably based on Latin pituita ‘slime, phlegm’, found also in pituitary gland (early 17th century).

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Syllabification: pip

noun

A disease of poultry or other birds causing thick mucus in the throat and white scale on the tongue.
Example sentences
  • Rearing turkeys was no easy job even in small numbers and diseases such as pip and gape took their toll despite good care and attention.

Origin

late Middle English: from Middle Dutch pippe, probably from an alteration of Latin pituita 'slime'. In the late 15th century the word came to be applied humorously to unspecified human diseases, and later to ill humor.

More
  • The name for the small hard seed in a fruit is a shortening of pippin, an apple grown from seed. English adopted the word from French, but its ultimate origin is unknown. The British politician Sir Eric Geddes was the first to use the expression squeeze until the pips squeak, ‘to extract the maximum amount of money from’, in a 1918 speech about the compensation to be paid by Germany after the First World War: ‘The Germans…are going to pay every penny; they are going to be squeezed as a lemon is squeezed…until the pips squeak.’ Another pip is an unpleasant disease of chickens and other birds which is documented as far back as medieval times. From the late 15th century various human diseases and ailments also came to be called the pip, though the precise symptoms are rarely specified: today's equivalent would probably be the dreaded lurgy ( see lurgy). Whatever the nature of the disease, the sufferer would probably be in a foul mood, hence the pip became ‘bad temper’ and to give someone the pip was to irritate or depress them. The name came from medieval Dutch pippe, which was probably based on Latin pituita ‘slime, phlegm’, found also in pituitary gland (early 17th century).

Phrases

give someone the pip

1
informal dated Make someone angry or depressed.
Example sentences
  • If somebody's giving you the pip - and that possibility's high - view them as yet another interesting deviation from the norm.
  • If this gives you the pip, think before you nip about the wisdom of people in glass houses not throwing stones.
  • Professionals who wrap themselves in national colours following success (usually only when someone throws it in their direction) gives me the pip.

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Syllabification: pip

verb (pips, pipping, pipped)

[with object]
(Of a young bird) crack (the shell of the egg) when hatching.
Example sentences
  • The first chicks will start to pip the shell as early as the 19th day of incubation.
  • Each pipped egg was measured and put in a portable heating unit at 37 deg C until it hatched

Origin

late 19th century: perhaps of imitative origin.

More
  • The name for the small hard seed in a fruit is a shortening of pippin, an apple grown from seed. English adopted the word from French, but its ultimate origin is unknown. The British politician Sir Eric Geddes was the first to use the expression squeeze until the pips squeak, ‘to extract the maximum amount of money from’, in a 1918 speech about the compensation to be paid by Germany after the First World War: ‘The Germans…are going to pay every penny; they are going to be squeezed as a lemon is squeezed…until the pips squeak.’ Another pip is an unpleasant disease of chickens and other birds which is documented as far back as medieval times. From the late 15th century various human diseases and ailments also came to be called the pip, though the precise symptoms are rarely specified: today's equivalent would probably be the dreaded lurgy ( see lurgy). Whatever the nature of the disease, the sufferer would probably be in a foul mood, hence the pip became ‘bad temper’ and to give someone the pip was to irritate or depress them. The name came from medieval Dutch pippe, which was probably based on Latin pituita ‘slime, phlegm’, found also in pituitary gland (early 17th century).

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Syllabification: pip
British informal

verb (pips, pipping, pipped)

[with object] (usually be pipped)
1Defeat by a small margin or at the last moment: you were just pipped for the prize
More example sentences
  • Shearer also picked up the goal of the season award for his volley against Everton and just pipped City's Darren Edmondson to the prize.
  • He didn't just pip the previous record, he's beaten it out of sight.
  • Brave Ranger 9/4 finished strongly to just pip Sallins Prince for second place by a head.
1.1 dated Hit or wound (someone) with a gunshot.

Origin

late 19th century: from pip1 or pip2.

More
  • The name for the small hard seed in a fruit is a shortening of pippin, an apple grown from seed. English adopted the word from French, but its ultimate origin is unknown. The British politician Sir Eric Geddes was the first to use the expression squeeze until the pips squeak, ‘to extract the maximum amount of money from’, in a 1918 speech about the compensation to be paid by Germany after the First World War: ‘The Germans…are going to pay every penny; they are going to be squeezed as a lemon is squeezed…until the pips squeak.’ Another pip is an unpleasant disease of chickens and other birds which is documented as far back as medieval times. From the late 15th century various human diseases and ailments also came to be called the pip, though the precise symptoms are rarely specified: today's equivalent would probably be the dreaded lurgy ( see lurgy). Whatever the nature of the disease, the sufferer would probably be in a foul mood, hence the pip became ‘bad temper’ and to give someone the pip was to irritate or depress them. The name came from medieval Dutch pippe, which was probably based on Latin pituita ‘slime, phlegm’, found also in pituitary gland (early 17th century).

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