Meaning of DRIP in English

I. ˈdrip verb

( dripped or dript ; dripped or dript ; dripping ; drips )

Etymology: Middle English drippen, from Old English dryppan; akin to Middle Dutch druppen to drip, trickle, Old English dropa drop — more at drop

transitive verb


a. : to let fall in drops

the rain fell in a steady drizzle, and the air was so damp that [her] hair dripped moisture — Laura Krey

dripping paint direct from the tube onto their canvases — W.C.Smith

each word she said dripped acid on the Italian woman's heart — Donn Byrne

b. : to spill or emit (something likened to a copiously dropping liquid) in an overflow or enveloping shower

the honey locusts drip their golden scent — Mary A. Taylor

their crimes have increased in violence and often drip horror — Time

dripping invective from every sentence

2. : to provide (a pipe) with a cock for draining condensate

3. : to prepare (the beverage coffee) by letting boiling water seep slowly through finely ground coffee

intransitive verb


a. : to let fall drops of moisture or liquid

trees dripping after the rain

icicles dripping on the roof

allowing the paint to drip evenly upon the ground color — H.A.Helverston

b. : to become so saturated as to overflow in drops

toast dripping with butter

c. : to exude or become enveloped in a shower of something likened to a dropping liquid

tunic dripping with gold braid and lace — Marcia Davenport

she beamed, she seemed fairly to drip with the milk of human kindness — P.B.Kyne

the latest ballads dripping with sentiment — Carl Wittke

d. obsolete , of weather : drizzle , mist


a. : to fall in drops

water drips from the eaves

b. : to hang or appear to hang suspended like a drop about to fall

a brown, handmade cigarette forever dripped from his lower lip — Harold Sinclair

c. : to seem to drift down or to overflow slowly and gently like drops of a light rain

the music drips from saxophones — Maxwell Anderson

pale moonlight, dripping through the leaves, spilled down in splashes — Hamilton Basso

the most abject sentimentality drips from every page — Pamela Taylor

II. noun

( -s )


a. : a falling in drops

the woods by day and by night were full of nothing but solitude … and drip — John Collier b. 1884

an overflow of the wax called guttering but more commonly known as drip — W.W.Klenke

also : a letting something fall in drops or blobs

a water clock — a drip affair on the order of an hourglass — A.L.Kroeber

the first application of the drip technique to painting — Time

b. : liquid that falls, leaks, overflows, or is extruded in drops

the jungle was exuding its fog drip — Norman Mailer

a pan for catching the drip from wet umbrellas — J.E.Gloag

the drip of frozen foods exuded during thawing

gripping the drip gutters of a car

postnasal drip into the trachea

gobs here, drips there, the palette knife always more active than the brush — R.M.Coates

c. : an accumulation formed by descending or extruded drops:

(1) Britain : dripping 2b

bread and drip

(2) : a collection of drops (as of paint or varnish) at the bottom edge of an article that has been coated by dipping

d. : a manner of hanging suggestive of something dripping wet or having been dripping wet

a tricolor or two hung in a dry drip from an occasional balcony — Bruce Marshall

the long drip of her straight hair — Edith Sitwell

2. : the sound made by or as if by falling drops

a faint drip of oars

the stiff, tinny drip of the banjos on the lawn — Scott Fitzgerald

3. also drip pipe : a small pipe or outlet for draining condensate (as from a main or a heating-system radiator)

4. : a part of a cornice, sill course, window head, or other horizontal architectural member that projects beyond the rest and is of such section as to throw off the rainwater ; also : an overlapping lead or strip of tin or copper serving the same purpose

5. : a device for the slow continued administration of a fluid at a steady rate especially into a vein of the body ; also : any material so administered

a glucose drip

6. slang : a trickle or weak stream of senseless fatuous talk or writing : sloppy sentiment : drivel

the daily drip I have to listen to — Thorne Smith

just the sort of drip one has come to expect from the author

7. slang : someone looked on as tiresomely or annoyingly dull from lack of personality, animation, or social amenability ; also : a rather simple or stupid person

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.