Meaning of CLIP in English


I. clip 1 /klɪp/ BrE AmE noun

[ Sense 1,3,8: Date: 1400-1500 ; Origin: ⇨ ↑ clip 2 (1) ]

[ Sense 2,4-7: Date: 1800-1900 ; Origin: ⇨ ↑ clip 2 (2) ]

1 . FOR FASTENING [countable] a small metal or plastic object that holds or fastens things together:

The wire is held on with a metal clip.

a wad of money in a gold clip

⇨ ↑ Bulldog clip , ↑ paperclip

2 . FILM [countable] a short part of a film or television programme that is shown by itself, especially as an advertisement:

clips from the new James Bond film

3 . GUN [countable] a container for bullets which passes them quickly into the gun so that they can be fired

4 . at a good/rapid/fast etc clip quickly:

Traffic was moving at a good clip.

5 . CUT [singular] British English the act of cutting something to make it shorter or tidier:

I gave the hedge a clip.

6 . a clip round the ear/earhole British English informal a short hit on the side of someone’s head

7 . NEWSPAPER [countable] an article that is cut from a newspaper or magazine for a particular reason

8 . $100/50 cents etc a clip American English informal if things cost $100, 50 cents etc a clip, they cost that amount of money each

II. clip 2 BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle clipped , present participle clipping )

[ Sense 1: Language: Old English ; Origin: clyppan 'to hold tight, hug' ]

[ Sense 2-9: Date: 1200-1300 ; Language: Old Norse ; Origin: klippa ]

1 . FASTEN [intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive] to fasten something together or to be fastened together using a clip

clip something into/onto etc something

A microphone was clipped to his tie.

a stack of bills clipped together

2 . CUT [transitive] to cut small amounts of something in order to make it tidier:

The hedges had just been clipped.

3 . CUT FROM NEWSPAPER [transitive always + adverb/preposition] to cut an article or picture from a newspaper, magazine etc

clip something out of/from something

a cartoon clipped from a Minneapolis newspaper

4 . HIT [transitive] to hit something quickly at an angle, often by accident:

A truck swerved and clipped a parked car.

5 . REDUCE [transitive] to slightly reduce an amount, quantity etc – used in news reports

clip something off/from something

Gunnell clipped a second off the world record.

6 . clip sb’s wings to restrict someone’s freedom, activities, or power

7 . clip somebody round the ear/earhole British English informal to hit someone quickly on the side of the head

8 . TICKET [transitive] British English to make a hole in a bus or train ticket to show that it has been used SYN punch American English

9 . clip your words to say words in a quick, short, and not very friendly way

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▪ fasten to join together the two sides of a piece of clothing, bag, belt etc:

He fastened the necklace behind her neck.

▪ attach to fasten something firmly to another object or surface, using screws, nails, tape, glue etc:

The boards were attached with screws.


The prisoner was attached to the wall with chains.

▪ join to connect or fasten things together:

Join the pieces using a strong glue

▪ glue to join things together using glue:

Glue the fabric to the white card.

▪ tape to fasten something using tape:

The students' name cards were taped to the table.

▪ staple to fasten something using ↑ staple s (=a small piece of wire that is pressed through paper using a special machine) :

Don't staple your resumé to your cover letter.

▪ clip to fasten things together using a ↑ clip (=a small metal object) :

A photo was clipped to the letter.

▪ tie to fasten a tie, shoelaces etc by making a knot:

Don't forget to tie your shoelaces!

▪ do something up especially British English to fasten a piece of clothing or the buttons etc on it:

The teacher doesn't have time to do up every child's coat.


Let me do it up for you.

▪ button (up) to fasten a shirt, coat etc with buttons:

His shirt was buttoned right to the top.

▪ zip (up) to fasten a piece of clothing, a bag etc with a ↑ zip :

Zip up your jacket, it's cold.

▪ buckle (up) to fasten a seat belt, belt, shoe etc that has a ↑ buckle (=small metal object that fits through a hole in a strap) :

The little girl struggled to buckle her shoes.

▪ unfasten/untie/undo/unbutton/unzip to open something that is fastened:

Do not unfasten your seatbelt until the car has stopped completely.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.