5. A biting sarcasm; a taunt.
1. To catch and inclose or compress tightly between two surfaces, or points which are brought together or closed; to pinch; to close in upon. May this hard earth cleave to the nadir hell, down, down, and close again, and nip me flat, if I be such a traitress. (Tennyson)
4. To vex or pain, as by nipping; hence, to taunt. And sharp remorse his heart did prick and nip. (Spenser) To nip in the bud, to cut off at the verycommencement of growth; to kill in the incipient stage.
Origin: OE. Nipen; cf. D. Niipen to pinch, also knippen to nip, clip, pinch, snap, knijpen to pinch, LG. Knipen, G. Kneipen, kneifen, to pinch, cut off, nip, Lith. Knebti.