pip


pip

noun

  1. one of the spots on dice, playing cards, or dominoes.
  2. each of the small segments into which the surface of a pineapple is divided.
  3. Informal. metal insigne of rank on the shoulders of commissioned officers.
  4. Horticulture.
    1. an individual rootstock of a plant, especially of the lily of the valley.
    2. a portion of the rootstock or root of several other plants, as the peony.

noun

  1. Veterinary Pathology. a contagious disease of birds, especially poultry, characterized by the secretion of a thick mucus in the mouth and throat.
  2. Facetious. any minor or unspecified ailment in a person.

noun

  1. a small seed, especially of a fleshy fruit, as an apple or orange.
  2. Also called pipperoo. Informal. someone or something wonderful: Last night’s party was a pip.

verb (used without object), pipped, pip·ping.

  1. to peep or chirp.
  2. (of a young bird) to break out from the shell.

verb (used with object), pipped, pip·ping.

  1. to crack or chip a hole through (the shell), as a young bird.

noun Electronics.

  1. blip(def 1).

verb (used with object), pipped, pip·ping. British Slang.

  1. to blackball.
  2. to defeat (an opponent).
  3. to shoot, especially to wound or kill by a gunshot.

noun

  1. a male given name, form of Philip.

noun

  1. the seed of a fleshy fruit, such as an apple or pear
  2. any of the segments marking the surface of a pineapple
  3. a rootstock or flower of the lily of the valley or certain other plants

noun

  1. a short high-pitched sound, a sequence of which can act as a time signal, esp on radio
  2. a radar blip
    1. a spot or single device, such as a spade, diamond, heart, or club on a playing card
    2. any of the spots on dice or dominoes
  3. Also called: star informal the emblem worn on the shoulder by junior officers in the British Army, indicating their rank

verb pips, pipping or pipped

  1. (of a young bird)
    1. (intr)to chirp; peep
    2. to pierce (the shell of its egg) while hatching
  2. (intr) to make a short high-pitched sound

noun

  1. a contagious disease of poultry characterized by the secretion of thick mucus in the mouth and throat
  2. facetious, slang a minor human ailment
  3. British, Australian, NZ and Southern African slang a bad temper or depression (esp in the phrase give (someone) the pip)
  4. get the pip or have the pip NZ informal to sulk

verb pips, pipping or pipped

  1. British slang to cause to be annoyed or depressed

verb pips, pipping or pipped (tr) British slang

  1. to wound or kill, esp with a gun
  2. to defeat (a person), esp when his success seems certain (often in the phrase pip at the post)
  3. to blackball or ostracize

n.1“seed of an apple,” 1797, shortened form of pipin “seed of a fleshy fruit” (early 14c.), from Old French pepin (13c.), probably from a root *pipp-, expressing smallness (cf. Italian pippolo, Spanish pepita “seed, kernel”). n.2“disease of birds,” late 14c., probably from Middle Dutch pippe “mucus,” from West Germanic *pipit (cf. East Frisian pip, Middle High German pfipfiz, German Pips), an early borrowing from Vulgar Latin *pippita, unexplained alteration of Latin pituita “phlegm” (see pituitary). n.3“spot on a playing card, etc.” c.1600, peep, of unknown origin. Because of the original form, it is not considered as connected to pip (n.1). Related: Pips.

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