Meaning of CLIP in English


/ klɪp; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun


[ C ] (often in compounds) a small metal or plastic object used for holding things together or in place :

a hair clip

toe clips on a bicycle

—picture at clipboard

—see also bicycle clip , Bulldog clip , paper clip


[ C ] a piece of jewellery that fastens to your clothes :

a diamond clip


[ sing. ] the act of cutting sth to make it shorter :

He gave the hedge a clip.


[ C ] a short part of a film / movie that is shown separately :

Here is a clip from her latest movie.


[ C ] ( BrE , informal ) a quick hit with your hand :

She gave him a clip round the ear for being cheeky.


[ C ] a set of bullets in a metal container that is placed in or attached to a gun for firing


- at a fast, good, steady, etc. clip

■ verb ( -pp- )


[+ adv. / prep. ] to fasten sth to sth else with a clip ; to be fastened with a clip :

[ vn ]

He clipped the microphone (on) to his collar.

Clip the pages together .

[ v ]

Do those earrings clip on?


[ vn ] clip sth (off / from sth) to cut sth with scissors or shears , in order to make it shorter or neater; to remove sth from somewhere by cutting it off :

to clip a hedge

He clipped off a length of wire.


[ vn ] to hit the edge or side of sth :

The car clipped the kerb as it turned.

She clipped the ball into the net.


[ vn ] clip sth (out of / from sth) to cut sth out of sth else using scissors :

to clip a coupon (out of the paper)


- clip sb's wings


- clip sth off sth



noun senses 1 to 2 and noun sense 6 verb sense 1 Old English clyppan (verb), of West Germanic origin. The noun use dates from the late 15th cent.

noun senses 3 to 5 and verb senses 2 to 4 Middle English : from Old Norse klippa , probably imitative.

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