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Dictionary Definition



1 a disease of poultry
2 a minor nonspecific ailment
3 a small hard seed found in some fruits
4 a mark on a playing card (shape depending on the suit) [syn: spot]
5 a radar echo displayed so as to show the position of a reflecting surface [syn: blip, radar target]


1 kill by firing a missile [syn: shoot]
2 hit with a missile from a weapon [syn: shoot, hit]
3 defeat thoroughly; "He mopped up the floor with his opponents" [syn: worst, mop up, whip, rack up] [also: pipping, pipped]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Pip



  • , /pɪp/, /pIp/
  • Rhymes: -ɪp

Etymology 1

From Middle pip, from post-classical pipita.


  1. Any of various respiratory diseases in birds, especially infectious coryza.
  2. Of humans, a disease, malaise or depression.

Etymology 2

Apparently representing a shortened form of pippin.


  1. A pippin.
  2. A seed inside certain fleshy fruits (compare stone/pit), such as an apple or orange.
  3. In the context of "US|colloquial": Something or someone excellent, of high quality.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 612:
      She sure is a pip, that one. You need company?

Etymology 3

Origin uncertain, perhaps related to Etymology 2, above.


  1. One of the spots or symbols on a playing card, domino, die etc.
  2. One of the stars worn on the shoulder of a uniform to denote rank.
  • (symbol on playing card etc): spot
dot, symbol on domino, die etc.


  1. To get the better of or defeat
    He led throughout the race but was pipped at the post.

Etymology 4



  1. One of a series of very short, electronically produced tones, used, for example, to indicate 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 they are to continue their call.
  • (electronic sound): (counting down seconds) stroke
short electronically produced tone

Etymology 5


  1. In the context of "finance|currency trading": The smallest price increment between two currencies in foreign exchange (forex) trading.



  1. squeak, beep


Extensive Definition

Pip may refer to:

Noun and name


Numerics and counting

  • Pip, a dot indicating a unit of numerical value on dice or dominoes
  • Pip, a mark indicating the suit or numerical value of a playing card
  • Pip in forex trading is the smallest unit by which a currency may change value
  • Pip, The distance between 2 spaces on a Backgammon board.

Rank insignia

  • Pip, an informal name for the star of the Order of the Bath when used as a rank insignia in the British army and police force



PIP is a three letter acronym with numerous meanings. It may refer to:

Political Parties

Computer technology


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pip in Esperanto: PIP
pip in French: PIP
pip in Italian: PIP
pip in Dutch: Pip
pip in Japanese: PIP
pip in Polish: PIP
pip in Kölsch: PIP (Watt ėßß datt?)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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