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English noun: nip

1. nip (quantity) a small drink of liquor

SamplesHe poured a shot of whiskey.


Broader (hypernym)small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity

2. Nip (person) (offensive slang) offensive term for a person of Japanese descent


Broader (hypernym)Japanese, Nipponese

Domain usageargot, cant, depreciation, derogation, disparagement, jargon, lingo, patois, slang, vernacular

3. nip (cognition) the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth

Synonymsflavor, flavour, relish, sapidity, savor, savour, smack, tang

Broader (hypernym)gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, taste, taste perception, taste sensation

Narrower (hyponym)lemon, vanilla

4. nip (attribute) the property of being moderately cold

SamplesThe chilliness of early morning.

Synonymschilliness, coolness

Broader (hypernym)cold, coldness, frigidity, frigidness, low temperature

5. nip (attribute) a tart spicy quality

Synonymspiquance, piquancy, piquantness, tang, tanginess, zest

Broader (hypernym)spice, spicery, spiciness

6. nip (act) a small sharp bite or snip


Broader (hypernym)bite, chomp, clip, clipping, snip

English verb: nip

1. nip (contact) squeeze tightly between the fingers

SamplesHe pinched her behind.
She squeezed the bottle.

Synonymspinch, squeeze, tweet, twinge, twitch

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)grip

Narrower (hyponym)goose, tweak

2. nip (contact) give a small sharp bite to

SamplesThe Queen's corgis always nip at her staff's ankles.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bite, seize with teeth

3. nip (contact) sever or remove by pinching or snipping

SamplesNip off the flowers.

Synonymsclip, nip off, snip, snip off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cut

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