Meaning of DIP in English

I. ˈdip verb

( dipped ; dip·ping )

Etymology: Middle English dippen, from Old English dyppan; akin to Old High German tupfen to wash, Lithuanian dubus deep

Date: before 12th century

transitive verb


a. : to plunge or immerse momentarily or partially under the surface (as of a liquid) so as to moisten, cool, or coat

dip candles

b. : to thrust in a way to suggest immersion

c. : to immerse (as a sheep or dog) in an antiseptic or parasiticidal solution


a. : to lift a portion of by reaching below the surface with something shaped to hold liquid : ladle

b. : to take a portion of (snuff)


a. archaic : involve

b. : mortgage


a. : to lower and then raise again

dip a flag in salute

b. chiefly British : dim 2

intransitive verb


a. : to plunge into a liquid and quickly emerge

b. : to immerse something into a processing liquid or finishing material


a. : to suddenly drop down or out of sight

b. of an airplane : to drop suddenly before climbing

c. : to decline or decrease moderately and usually temporarily

prices dipped

d. : to lower the body momentarily especially as part of an athletic or dancing motion


a. : to withdraw a part of the contents of something by or as if by reaching down inside it — used with into

dipped into his pocket for change

dipped into the family's savings

4. : to examine or read something casually or superficially — used with into

dip into a book

5. : to incline downward from the plane of the horizon

• dip·pa·ble ˈdi-pə-bəl adjective

II. noun

Date: 1599

1. : an act of dipping ; especially : a brief plunge into the water for sport or exercise

a quick dip in the pool

2. : inclination downward:

a. : pitch

b. : a sharp downward course : drop

a dip in popularity

c. : the angle that a stratum or similar geological feature makes with a horizontal plane

3. : the angle formed with the horizon by a magnetic needle free to rotate in the vertical plane

4. : hollow , depression

a dip in the road

5. : something obtained by or used in dipping

a dip of ice cream

a dip of snuff


a. : a sauce or soft mixture into which food may be dipped

bean dip

b. : a liquid preparation for the dipping of something ; especially : an insecticide or parasiticide for the dipping of animals

a sheep dip

7. slang : pickpocket

III. noun

Etymology: back-formation from dippy

Date: 1932

: a stupid or unsophisticated person

IV. abbreviation


Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.