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.

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.


  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


  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


  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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