General English

  • verb to go very quickly


  • noun a quality in the wicket, or in a bowler’s delivery, that makes the ball move briskly off the pitch with an apparent increase in pace
    Citation ‘Though the spinners did manage to turn the ball, they could not get the necessary nip out of the wicket’ (K. N. Prabhu, WCM March 1984)
    Citation ‘Afterwards, batting was much easier. Alderman lacked his earlier nip and tended to over-pitch’ (Brearley 1982)
  • noun an unintentional glance or snick from the bat
    Citation ‘A stroke, or Nip, over or under his Bat, or upon his Hands … if the Ball be held before it touches the ground it’s out’ (Laws 1744)
  • verb to make the ball move sharply off the pitch, usually with some change of direction
    Citation ‘As soon as Lillee found his length he nipped one back from off to have me LBW’ (Brearley 1982)
    Citation ‘Mohinder Amarnath … was, apart from his open stance, a model of technical perfection until Holding nipped one through his gate to send the off stump dancing back’ (Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Cricketer August 1983)
  • verb to nick the ball unintentionally
    Citation ‘If a striker nips a Ball up just before him, he may fall before his Wicket, or pop down his Bat … to save it’ (Laws 1744)


  • noun the area where two rolls of paper are in contact
  • verb to hold a book tightly when binding, so as to press out any air from between the pages


  • noun a Japanese person. (Nippon is the Japanese word for Japan.) ‘Jap’ has been the preferred term among British speakers, but nip has made headway since the mid-1970s. This term is largely pejorative.
  • noun a computer microchip


  • noun a single measure of alcohol