a) A small cup or other vessel, of perhaps 1/8 pint in volume.
b) A small amount of beer, wine, or other liquid, of perhaps 1/8 pint in volume.
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  • Nipperkin — The nipperkin is a unit of measurement of volume, equal to one half of a quarter gill, one eighth of a gill, or one thirty second of an English pint. In other estimations, one nip (an abbreviation that originated in 1796) is either one third of a …   Wikipedia

  • nipperkin — ˈnipə(r)kə̇n noun ( s) Etymology: origin unknown 1. : a liquor container or vessel with a capacity of a half pint or less 2. : a quantity of liquor contained in or able to be contained in a nipperkin …   Useful english dictionary

  • nipperkin — nip·per·kin …   English syllables

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  • nip — nip1 /nip/, v., nipped, nipping, n. v.t. 1. to squeeze or compress tightly between two surfaces or points; pinch; bite. 2. to take off by pinching, biting, or snipping (usually fol. by off): He nipped off a piece of steak and gave it to the dog.… …   Universalium

  • Receptacle — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Receptacle >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 receptacle receptacle Sgm: N 1 inclosure inclosure &c. 232 Sgm: N 1 recipient recipient receiver reservatory GRP: N 2 Sgm: N 2 compartment compartment …   English dictionary for students

  • nip — nip1 [nıp] v past tense and past participle nipped present participle nipping [Date: 1300 1400; : Middle Low German; Origin: nipen] 1.) [I always + adverb/preposition] BrE informal to go somewhere quickly or for a short time = ↑pop ▪ Have we time …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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