Meaning of PIP in English


I. ˈpip noun

Etymology: Middle English pippe, from Middle Dutch (akin to Old High German pfiffīz ), from Vulgar Latin * pipita, alteration of Latin pituita phlegm, pip; perhaps akin to Greek pitys pine — more at pine

Date: 15th century


a. : a disorder of a bird marked by formation of a scale or crust on the tongue

b. : the scale or crust of this disorder


a. : any of various human ailments ; especially : a slight nonspecific disorder

b. chiefly British : a feeling of irritation or annoyance

II. verb

( pipped ; pip·ping )

Etymology: imitative

Date: 1598

intransitive verb

1. : peep I,1

2. : to break through the shell of the egg

the chick pipped

transitive verb

: to break open (the shell of an egg) in hatching

III. noun

Etymology: origin unknown

Date: 1604


a. : one of the dots used on dice and dominoes to indicate numerical value

b. : spot 2c


a. : spot , speck

b. : spike I,6a ; also : blip

3. : an individual rootstock of the lily of the valley

4. : a diamond-shaped insignia of rank worn by a second lieutenant, lieutenant, or captain in the British army

IV. noun

Etymology: short for pippin

Date: 1797

1. : a small fruit seed ; especially : one of a several-seeded fleshy fruit

2. : one extraordinary of its kind

V. transitive verb

( pipped ; pip·ping )

Etymology: probably from pip to blackball, from pip (III) or pip (IV)

Date: 1880

British : to beat by a narrow margin

VI. noun

Etymology: imitative

Date: 1907

chiefly British : a short high-pitched tone

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