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Friday, May 18, 2012

Definitions for pip

  1. To peep or chirp.
  2. (Of a young bird) to break out from the shell.
  3. To crack or chip a hole through (the shell), as a young bird.

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Citations for pip
Stone's watch pipped eight o'clock. He had curly hair the color of motor oil, and pale green eyes. Jonathan Franzen, The Twenty-Seventh City
As Fiona's horn pipped, just beyond the cab's black fender. William Gibson, Zero History
Origin of pip
1590-1600
Pip is a variation on the word peep which arose in the 1600s. It comes from the Lithuanian word pỹpti which was originally imitative of a baby bird.