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British English: /nɪp/
American English: /nɪp/

Translation of nip in French:


  • 2 (bite) the dog gave him a nip on the ankle
    le chien l'a (légèrement) mordu à la cheville
  • 3 [figurative]there's a nip in the air
    il fait frisquet [informal]
    ça pince [informal]
  • 4 [informal] (small measure)
    petit verre (m) (of de)
  • 5
    also: Nip
    [slang] [offensive]
    Jap (m) [offensive]

transitive verb p prés etc -pp-

  • 1 (pinch) to nip one's finger in something
    se pincer le doigt dans quelque chose
  • 2 (bite)
    mordre (légèrement), donner un petit coup de dent à
    (playfully) mordiller
    he was nipped on the ankle by a crab
    il s'est fait pincer à la cheville par un crabe

intransitive verb p prés etc -pp-

  • 1 (bite)
    (playfully) mordiller
    donner un petit coup de bec à
  • 2 (British English) [informal] (go)to nip into a shop
    entrer (rapidement) dans un magasin
    to nip in front of somebody
    passer devant quelqu'un
    to nip out to the shops
    faire un saut jusqu'aux magasins
    to nip downstairs
    descendre rapidement
    to nip over to France for the weekend
    faire un saut en France pour le weekend


to nip something in the bud

étouffer or tuer quelque chose dans l'œuf

nip and tuck

(cosmetic surgery) chirurgie (f) esthétique
(neck and neck) (American English)
au coude à coude

the race was nip and tuck [informal] all the way

la course s'est faite au coude à coude

Phrasal verbs

nip along

(person, vehicle, train)
aller à bonne allure
to nip along to something
faire un saut à [informal] (shops)

nip in

nip in [something], nip [something] in
cintrer (garment)

nip off

1 nip off
se sauver
2 nip off [something], nip [something] off
couper (withered flower)
pincer (bud)
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