1 [pip]
one of the spots on dice, playing cards, or dominoes.
each of the small segments into which the surface of a pineapple is divided.
Informal. metal insigne of rank on the shoulders of commissioned officers.
an individual rootstock of a plant, especially of the lily of the valley.
a portion of the rootstock or root of several other plants, as the peony.

1590–1600; earlier peep; origin uncertain

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2 [pip]
Veterinary Pathology. a contagious disease of birds, especially poultry, characterized by the secretion of a thick mucus in the mouth and throat.
Facetious. any minor or unspecified ailment in a person.

1375–1425; late Middle English pippe < Middle Dutch < Vulgar Latin *pipita, for Latin pītuīta phlegm, pip


3 [pip]
a small seed, especially of a fleshy fruit, as an apple or orange.
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


4 [pip]
verb (used without object), pipped, pipping.
to peep or chirp.
(of a young bird) to break out from the shell.
verb (used with object), pipped, pipping.
to crack or chip a hole through (the shell), as a young bird.

1650–60; variant of peep2


5 [pip]
noun Electronics.
blip ( def 1 ).

1940–45; imitative


6 [pip]
verb (used with object), pipped, pipping. British Slang.
to blackball.
to defeat (an opponent).
to shoot, especially to wound or kill by a gunshot.

1875–80; perhaps special use of pip1, in metaphorical sense of a small ball


a male given name, form of Philip.
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pip1 (pɪp)
1.  the seed of a fleshy fruit, such as an apple or pear
2.  any of the segments marking the surface of a pineapple
3.  a rootstock or flower of the lily of the valley or certain other plants
[C18: short for pippin]

pip2 (pɪp)
1.  a short high-pitched sound, a sequence of which can act as a time signal, esp on radio
2.  a radar blip
3.  a.  a spot or single device, such as a spade, diamond, heart, or club on a playing card
 b.  any of the spots on dice or dominoes
4.  informal Also called: star the emblem worn on the shoulder by junior officers in the British Army, indicating their rank
vb , pips, pipping, pipped
5.  of a young bird
 a.  (intr) to chirp; peep
 b.  to pierce (the shell of its egg) while hatching
6.  (intr) to make a short high-pitched sound
[C16 (in the sense: spot or speck); C17 (vb); C20 (in the sense: short high-pitched sound): of obscure, probably imitative origin; senses 1 and 5 are probably related to peep²]

pip3 (pɪp)
1.  a contagious disease of poultry characterized by the secretion of thick mucus in the mouth and throat
2.  facetious, slang a minor human ailment
3.  slang (Brit), (Austral), (NZ), (South African) a bad temper or depression (esp in the phrase give (someone) the pip)
4.  informal (NZ) get the pip, have the pip to sulk
vb , pips, pipping, pipped
5.  slang (Brit) to cause to be annoyed or depressed
[C15: from Middle Dutch pippe, ultimately from Latin pituita phlegm; see pituitary]

pip4 (pɪp)
vb , pips, pipping, pipped
1.  to wound or kill, esp with a gun
2.  to defeat (a person), esp when his success seems certain (often in the phrase pip at the post)
3.  to blackball or ostracize
[C19 (originally in the sense: to blackball): probably from pip²]

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Word Origin & History

"seed of an apple," 1797, shortened form of pipin "seed of a fleshy fruit" (c.1300), from O.Fr. pepin (13c.), probably from a root *pipp-, expressing smallness (cf. It. pippolo, Sp. pepita "seed, kernel").

"disease of birds," c.1420, probably from M.Du. pippe "mucus," from W.Gmc. *pipit (cf. E.Fris. pip, M.H.G. pfipfiz, Ger. pips), an early borrowing from V.L. *pippita, from L. pituita "phlegm."

"spot on a playing card, etc." 1596, peep, of unknown origin. Because of the original form, it is not considered as connected to pip (1).
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Slang Dictionary

pip definition

  1. n.
    a pimple; a zit. : Good grief, I've got ear-to-ear pips!
  2. n.
    postindustrial person. (Usually PIP. Acronym. A cynical reference to a person as a member of a group that has become useless because of technological change.) : The world really doesn't really need more PIPs, except as consumers, of course.
  3. n.
    illness; a mild, nonspecific disorder. (Old colloquial.) : Grandpa's complaining again. Says it's the pip.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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PIP definition

Peripheral Interchange Program.
A program on CP/M, RSX-11, RSTS/E, TOPS-10, and OS/8 (derived from a utility on the PDP-6) that was used for file copying (and in OS/8 and RT-11 for just about every other file operation you might want to do). It is said that when the program was written, during the development of the PDP-6 in 1963, it was called ATLATL ("Anything, Lord, to Anything, Lord"; this played on the Nahuatl word "atlatl" for a spear-thrower, with connotations of utility and primitivity that were no doubt quite intentional).
See also BLT, dd, cat.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. picture [with]in picture

  2. program implementation plan

  3. proximal interphalangeal [joint]

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