Meaning of DRIP in English

I. drip 1 /drɪp/ BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle dripped , present participle dripping )

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: dryppan ; related to drop ]

1 . [intransitive and transitive] to let liquid fall in drops:

The tap’s dripping.

Her boots were muddy and her hair was dripping.

drip blood/water/sweat etc

John came in, his arm dripping blood.

be dripping with blood/sweat etc

The hand that held the gun was dripping with sweat.

2 . [intransitive] to fall in drops

drip down/from etc

The rain dripped down his neck.

Water was dripping through the ceiling.

3 . be dripping with something to contain or be covered in a lot of something

be dripping with jewels/gems/pearls etc

All the princes were dripping with gems.

His tone was now dripping with sarcasm.

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▪ flow if liquid flows, it moves in a steady continuous stream:

Blood flowed from his hand.


The river flows very quickly at this point.

▪ run to flow – used when saying that something flows in a particular direction:

Water was running down the walls of the room.


Sweat ran off his nose.


The river runs into the sea.

▪ come out to flow out of something:

You couldn't drink any of the water that came out of the tap.

▪ pour to flow in large quantities:

The rain poured down.


Blood was pouring from a wound on his head.

▪ gush to flow out quickly in very large quantities:

Water was gushing out at more than 3000 gallons a minute.

▪ spurt to flow out suddenly with a lot of force:

Oil was spurting from a small hole in the pipe.

▪ trickle to flow slowly in drops or in a thin stream:

Clare felt sweat trickling down the back of her neck.

▪ leak to flow in or out through a small hole or crack, usually when this is not meant to happen:

Oil was leaking from the engine.

▪ ooze to flow from something very slowly – used about blood or a thick liquid:

Blood was oozing from the wound.


Jam oozed out as she bit into the cake.

▪ drip to fall in drops:

Water dripped from the tap continuously.

▪ cascade to flow down the side of something in large amounts:

Water cascades down the hilllside.

II. drip 2 BrE AmE noun

1 . [countable] one of the drops of liquid that fall from something:

I put some plastic buckets on the floor to catch the drips.

2 . [singular, uncountable] the sound or action of a liquid falling in drops:

The silence was broken only by a regular drip, drip, drip.

3 . [countable] a piece of equipment used in hospitals for putting liquids directly into your blood through a tube SYN IV

be/put somebody on a drip

At the hospital they put me on a drip.

4 . [countable] informal someone who is boring and weak

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