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[pip-in] /ˈpɪp ɪn/
any of numerous roundish or oblate varieties of apple.
Botany. a seed.
Origin of pippin
1250-1300; Middle English pipin, variant of pepin < Old French Unabridged
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  • pippin puffed at his pipe meditatively for a few minutes, considering the serene face and the flying fingers.

    Pippin; A Wandering Flame Laura E. Richards
  • They were going to fight pippin's multiple shops and beat them.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • pippin could see no more till the newcomer, turning his profile to the rising moon, displayed a crooked nose.

    Pippin; A Wandering Flame Laura E. Richards
  • "No more than you are, my pippin," answered the traveller, insolently.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • With a little bow and another regretful look around him, pippin turned toward the door.

    Pippin; A Wandering Flame Laura E. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for pippin


any of several varieties of eating apple with a rounded oblate shape
the seed of any of these fruits
Word Origin
C13: from Old French pepin, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for pippin

"excellent person or thing," 1897, from coveted varieties of apple that were raised from seed (so called since early 15c.), from Middle English pipin "seed" (see pip (n.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for pippin



: a pipperoo flick

noun phrase

A person or thing that is remarkable, wonderful, superior, etc; beaut, humdinger: His wildest dreams have to be pips ( first form 1912+, second 1942+, third 1897+)

[fr pippin, a prized kind of apple; the shift was probably fr peach as one kind of excellent fruit to pippin as another]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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