Word of the DayFriday, May 18, 2012
\pip\ , verb;
(Of a young bird) to break out from the shell.
To crack or chip a hole through (the shell), as a young bird.
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
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.
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