To nip something is to stop it from happening or to stop it from growing. If you nip a problem in the bud, you stop it from getting any bigger.

  • The proposal was nipped in the bud when the other side objected.

  • The plant was nipped in the bud when the gardener cut it down.

Definition of nipped


To catch and enclose or compress tightly between two surfaces, or points which are brought together or closed; to pinch; to close in upon.


To remove by pinching, biting, or cutting with two meeting edges of anything; to clip.


To blast, as by frost; to check the growth or vigor of; to destroy.


To annoy, as by nipping.


To taunt.


To squeeze or pinch.


To steal; especially to cut a purse.


To make a quick, short journey or errand, usually a round trip.

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Example Sentences for nipped

  • 1

    Pressure of the nip is variable.

  • 2

    Completely nip the problem in the bud.

  • 3

    The clamp is released and the nip rolls unlocked.

  • 4

    Are you always in the habit of nipping things in the bud

  • 5

    It is luxuriously designed from nip tip to toe.

  • 6

    It seems we have nipped the abuse in the bud.

  • 7

    That's the only way to nip wheel warring in the bud.

  • 8

    He was nipping alcohol behind his wife.

  • 9

    The mixture is pumped to the headbox and into the nip of the forming wires.

  • 10

    The movable vise is leading through the roll nip.