Meaning of PIP in English


pip 1

/pip/ , n.

1. one of the spots on dice, playing cards, or dominoes.

2. each of the small segments into which the surface of a pineapple is divided.

3. Informal. metal insigne of rank on the shoulders of commissioned officers.

4. Hort.

a. an individual rootstock of a plant, esp. of the lily of the valley.

b. a portion of the rootstock or root of several other plants, as the peony.

[ 1590-1600; earlier peep; orig. uncert. ]

pip 2

/pip/ , n.

1. Vet. Pathol. a contagious disease of birds, esp. poultry, characterized by the secretion of a thick mucus in the mouth and throat.

2. Facetious. any minor or unspecified ailment in a person.

[ 1375-1425; late ME pippe pipita, for L pituita phlegm, pip ]

pip 3

/pip/ , n.

1. a small seed, esp. of a fleshy fruit, as an apple or orange.

2. Also called pipperoo . Informal. someone or something wonderful: Last night's party was a pip.

[ 1590-1600; 1910-15 for def. 2; short for PIPPIN ]

pip 4

/pip/ , v. , pipped, pipping .


1. to peep or chirp.

2. (of a young bird) to break out from the shell.


3. to crack or chip a hole through (the shell), as a young bird.

[ 1650-60; var. of PEEP 2 ]

pip 5

/pip/ , n. Electronics.

blip (def. 1).

[ 1940-45; imit. ]

pip 6

/pip/ , v.t., pipped, pipping . Brit. Slang.

1. to blackball.

2. to defeat (an opponent).

3. to shoot, esp. to wound or kill by a gunshot.

[ 1875-80; perh. special use of PIP 1 , in metaphorical sense of a small ball ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .