Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The small seed of a fruit, as that of an apple or orange.
  • transitive v. Chiefly British To wound or kill with a bullet.
  • transitive v. Chiefly British To get the better of; defeat.
  • transitive v. Chiefly British To blackball.
  • n. Games A dot indicating a unit of numerical value on dice or dominoes.
  • n. Games A mark indicating the suit or numerical value of a playing card.
  • n. A spot or speck.
  • n. A rootstock of certain flowering plants, especially the lily of the valley.
  • n. Any of the small segments that make up the surface of a pineapple.
  • n. Informal A shoulder insignia indicating the rank of certain officers, as in the British Army.
  • n. See blip.
  • transitive v. To break through (the shell) in hatching. Used of a chick.
  • intransitive v. To peep or chirp, as a chick does.
  • n. A short, high-pitched radio signal.
  • n. A disease of birds, characterized by a thick mucous discharge that forms a crust in the mouth and throat.
  • n. The crust symptomatic of this disease.
  • n. Slang A minor unspecified human ailment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Of humans, a disease, malaise or depression.
  • v. To peep, to chirp
  • v. To make the initial hole during the process of hatching from an egg
  • n. One of a series of very short, electronically produced tones, used, for example, to count down the final few seconds before a given time or to indicate that a caller using a payphone needs to make further payment if he is to continue his call.
  • n. The smallest price increment between two currencies in foreign exchange (forex) trading.
  • n. A pippin.
  • n. A seed inside certain fleshy fruits (compare stone/pit), such as an peach, orange, or apple.
  • n. Something or someone excellent, of high quality.
  • n. P in RAF phonetic alphabet
  • n. One of the spots or symbols on a playing card, domino, die, etc.
  • n. One of the stars worn on the shoulder of a uniform to denote rank, e.g. of a soldier or a fireman.
  • n. A spot; a speck.
  • n. A spot of light or an inverted V indicative of a return of radar waves reflected from an object; a blip.
  • n. A piece of rhizome with a dormant shoot of the lily of the valley plant, used for propagation
  • v. To get the better of; to defeat
  • v. To hit with a gunshot

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A contagious disease of fowls, characterized by hoarseness, discharge from the nostrils and eyes, and an accumulation of mucus in the mouth, forming a “scale” on the tongue. By some the term pip is restricted to this last symptom, the disease being called roup by them.
  • n. A seed, as of an apple or orange.
  • n. One of the conventional figures or “spots” on playing cards, dominoes, etc.
  • intransitive v. To cry or chirp, as a chicken; to peep.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A disease of fowls, consisting in a secretion of thick mucus in the mouth and throat, often accompanied by the formation of a sheath-like scale on the end of the tongue: not to be confused with canker or roup.
  • n. The kernel or seed of fruit, as of an apple or an orange.
  • n. One of the spots on dice or on playing-cards: thus, the ace has one pip; the ten, ten pips.
  • n. One of the rhomboid-shaped spaces into which the surface of a pineapple is divided.
  • n. A trade-name used by manufacturers and dealers in artificial flowers for an imitation of the central part of a flower which bears the seeds or fruit.
  • To blackball.
  • To peep, pipe, or chirp, as a chick or young bird.
  • To crack or chip a hole through (the shell): said of a chick in the egg.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. kill by firing a missile
  • n. a minor nonspecific ailment
  • n. a mark on a die or on a playing card (shape depending on the suit)
  • n. a small hard seed found in some fruits
  • n. a radar echo displayed so as to show the position of a reflecting surface
  • v. hit with a missile from a weapon
  • v. defeat thoroughly
  • n. a disease of poultry

Etymologies

Short for pippin.
Possibly from pip3.
Origin unknown.
Variant of peep1 and peep2.
Middle English pippe, from Middle Dutch, phlegm, pip, from Medieval Latin *pippīta, alteration of Latin pītuīta.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English pippe, from Middle Dutch pip, from post-classical Latin pipita, from Latin pītuīta. (Wiktionary)
Imitative. (Wiktionary)
Imitative. (Wiktionary)
Abbreviation of percentage in point. (Wiktionary)
Apparently representing a shortened form of pippin. (Wiktionary)
Origin uncertain, perhaps related to Etymology 2, above. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The officer who was in charge of the o'pip is here today.

    The Artillery at Passchendaele

  • The pip was a Class A, racing after the outgoing signal like a greyhound after a mechanical rabbit.

    The Martian Way

  • The orange tree is produced from the pip, which is sown in a sheltered uncovered bed.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 643, April 28, 1888

  • It is born out of an egg, lives for a few weeks as a tiny fluffy thing such as you will see pictured on Easter postcards, then becomes hideously naked, eats quantities of corn and meal bought by the sweat of your father's brow, gets diseases called pip, cholera, and other names, stands looking with stupid eyes at the sun, becomes sick and dies.

    The Triumph of the Egg

  • "Perhaps he only has the pip, which is not nearly so bad."

    Lulu, Alice and Jimmie Wibblewobble

  • Easter cards, then becomes hideously naked, eats quantities of corn and meal bought by the sweat of your father's brow, gets diseases called pip, cholera, and other names, stands looking with stupid eyes at the sun, becomes sick and dies.

    Triumph of the Egg, and Other Stories

  • The irony being, if Spurs do become legitimate contenders for the title and pip City to it, therefore Man City sponsor their own downfall.

    NEWS.com.au | Top Stories

  • In all other currency pairs, a pip is the 1/10,000 the place -- 4 places to the right of the decimal.

    Currency Trading News by DailyFX

  • In all pairs involving the Japanese Yen (JPY), a pip is the

    Currency Trading News by DailyFX

  • A pip is the smallest increment that a currency pair can move.

    Investopedia.com Headlines

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  • As in: "The Five Orange Pips."

    "La Grippe, la Grippe! La post nasal drip! With the wheezes and the sneezes and a sinus that's really a pip!" (Guys and Dolls: "Adelaide's Lament")

    September 17, 2009

  • also a small seed (short for pippin, I believe). Or a bit of rootstock from which a new plant can be grown.

    July 24, 2007

  • Each of the dots on a die or domino

    February 23, 2007