nipping


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nip·ping

 (nĭp′ĭng)
adj.
1. Sharp and biting, as the cold.
2. Bitingly sarcastic.

nip′ping·ly adv.

nipping

(ˈnɪpɪŋ)
adj
1. sharp and biting: a nipping wind.
2. sarcastic; bitter
ˈnippingly adv

nip•ping

(ˈnɪp ɪŋ)

adj.
1. sharp or biting, as cold.
2. sarcastic; caustic.
[1540–50]
nip′ping•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.nipping - capable of wounding; "a barbed compliment"; "a biting aphorism"; "pungent satire"
sarcastic - expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds
2.nipping - pleasantly cold and invigorating; "crisp clear nights and frosty mornings"; "a nipping wind"; "a nippy fall day"; "snappy weather"
cold - having a low or inadequate temperature or feeling a sensation of coldness or having been made cold by e.g. ice or refrigeration; "a cold climate"; "a cold room"; "dinner has gotten cold"; "cold fingers"; "if you are cold, turn up the heat"; "a cold beer"
References in classic literature ?
The mosquitoes made merry over her, biting her firm, round arms and nipping at her bare insteps.
They were, consequently, the first dispossessed; and the seemingly inevitable fate of all these people, who disappear before the advances, or it might be termed the inroads, of civilization, as the verdure of their native forests falls before the nipping frosts, is represented as having already befallen them.
The result is massacre; not, however, without its advantages, as it eliminates the more brutal and troublesome of the Isosceles; and by many of our Circles the destructiveness of the Thinner Sex is regarded as one among many providential arrangements for suppressing redundant population, and nipping Revolution in the bud.
At first, indeed, she had seemed to take a pleasure in mortifying my vanity and crushing my presumption - relentlessly nipping off bud by bud as they ventured to appear; and then, I confess, I was deeply wounded, though, at the same time, stimulated to seek revenge; - but latterly finding, beyond a doubt, that I was not that empty-headed coxcomb she had first supposed me, she had repulsed my modest advances in quite a different spirit.
Data analysis revealed highly significant differences among genotypes, treatments and genotype by nipping interaction for yield and yield attributing traits.