Definition of drip in US English:

drip

verbdripping, dripped, drips

[no object]
  • 1Let fall or be so wet as to shed small drops of liquid.

    ‘the faucet won't stop dripping’
    ‘his hands were dripping with blood’
    • ‘By now they had both shed their heavy cloaks and were dripping with blood.’
    • ‘Of course it is miraculous that the view outside my window is a palette of washed browns and greys, dripping with glittering raindrops.’
    • ‘She reached for some of the more limber pine needles by her feet, but stopped when she noticed they were dripping with red.’
    • ‘His eyes were closed, jaw dropped, and his face dripping with soup.’
    • ‘I had thought they might not let me in with my t-shirt and combats, which were dripping with tea from where I'd managed to pour a whole mug over them in the kitchen half an hour before.’
    • ‘When I got back to the car after doing my private business I noticed that the liquid had stopped dripping.’
    • ‘Our kitchen tap drips intermittently, releasing one drop into the pan of water below.’
    • ‘She had a look that spoke for nobody to come by and her entire outfit was dripping with some sort of liquid substance.’
    • ‘The outside layer of glass was dripping with different sizes of transparent water drops.’
    dribble, drop, leak
    drop, dribble, trickle, drizzle, run, splash, sprinkle, plop, fall in drops
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    1. 1.1with adverbial (of liquid) fall in small drops.
      ‘water dripped from her clothing’
      • ‘Water droplets were dripping from the ends of his dirty blonde hair.’
      • ‘I tried to stop laughing it was so funny, her hair was completely wet and there were droplets of water dripping down her nose.’
      • ‘She stood up onto her feet; the muddied water dripped and dribbled down her skin and her clothes clung onto her body.’
      • ‘Simultaneously, the hot water tank decided to spring a leak, and water was dripping into the sitting room - plumbers fixed it yesterday.’
      • ‘Water dripped from the clothing and fell onto the hard ground of the house.’
      • ‘Water dripped from his hair and clothes, but he didn't seem to notice.’
      • ‘Haley's head was lowered and small drops of water were dripping onto his pants.’
      • ‘Inside water was dripping from the roof onto the children's exercise books.’
      • ‘The water dripped unhurriedly from my line as I retrieved.’
      • ‘The water was dripping outside our front door into the hallway, and from there into the hallway another flight down.’
      • ‘I usually knew that water was again dripping from my bathroom ceiling when Dorey began meowing excitedly.’
      • ‘When it rained the smallest drops of water could drip on your body through the wicker.’
      • ‘Water dripped in and people were moved away from about five sections of seats directly below.’
      • ‘Water was dripping from him as he came to the fire to warm himself up.’
      • ‘He turned to her, she was all wet, droplets of water fell from her head, water dripped from the bottom of her dress to the ground.’
      • ‘Even as he watched, a droplet of water dripped heavily down from a stalactite far overhead, landing in the pond with fat, lazy ripples.’
      • ‘My uncle's ceiling has been leaking for 18 months and when it rains bad, like it did last weekend, water is dripping all over the place.’
      • ‘The spring water was dripping from 10 pairs of stalactites, each over 100 metres in length.’
      • ‘Water is dripping down my face, soaking into my sweater.’
      • ‘Water dripped from the ceiling, and in one corner we found burnt remnants of clothing.’
      fall in drops, fall, dribble, trickle, drizzle, flow, run, plop, leak
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    2. 1.2with object Cause or allow (a liquid) to shed small drops.
      ‘the candle was dripping wax down one side’
      • ‘He also had dripped cold water into our ears as we slept causing a rude awakening.’
      • ‘For many years, he dripped oil onto the axle of the main pump, in the main pumping station.’
      • ‘And if you drip water or anything like that, it becomes a giant splotch.’
      • ‘He gulped air while the people around him dripped liquids into his arm and took his pulse.’
      • ‘There was some kind of burst pipe which was slowly dripping water out in some places and little watering cans beneath the drips to collect the water and use it elsewhere.’
      • ‘He was dripping water onto the ground, and there was a puddle of rain water forming around his feet.’
      • ‘We would be dripping cold water, plastered to our skin through our T-shirts.’
      • ‘It was dark, but it was even hotter than out in the street because the rooftops dripped steaming water into street.’
      • ‘He dripped candle wax on the deck for traction and made his own leashes out of surgical tubing.’
      • ‘Then he extended the pipe over the bath, where he attached a valve that dripped water.’
      • ‘Jared climbed out of the pool and walked over to the towel pile, leaving a trail of water, as his swimming trunks dripped water all the way.’
      • ‘In addition to the sock-type products, we also tested flat pads designed to go under the engine or other component that might drip oil.’
      • ‘If not properly seasoned, cast iron pans will drip dark liquid into food.’
      • ‘Her hair and all of her clothes dripped water, but she didn't care this time.’
      • ‘You can see examples of this if you happen to drip some water on a hot stove or any very hot surface.’
      • ‘I looked down and saw I was dripping water onto the marble flooring of the room.’
      • ‘Candle wax is also dripped on the cuts and over various parts of the body.’
      • ‘I marvelled at one such time marker that dripped water from one cup to another.’
      • ‘An IV dripped a clear liquid into one of his hands and some type of monitor encased one of his fingers.’
      • ‘He dripped water from off the hem of his pants, the bottom of his longish trench coat and the long hair that lay straggly on his back.’
    3. 1.3 Display a copious amount or degree of a particular quality or thing.
      ‘the women were dripping with gold and diamonds’
      with object ‘her voice dripped sarcasm’
      • ‘His voice dripped in sarcasm, but there was a light feeling to it.’
      • ‘Her voice was dripping with not only sarcasm but something so much more lethal.’
      • ‘Microsoft is well aware that the Internet is dripping with code leaks, breaches of confidence, NDA violations, and it clearly can't get them all.’
      • ‘Her voice dripped with sarcasm as she verbally lashed out.’
      • ‘Her voice held so little enthusiasm that it was practically dripping with sarcasm.’
      • ‘The whole episode is dripping with delicious irony.’
      • ‘Her voice was dripping in sarcasm, causing the woman to bristle and stalk off.’
      • ‘He does not seem to be dripping with contempt when he looks at us, and I think that has something to do with the coverage.’
      • ‘My voice was dripping with sarcasm, however he didn't seem to notice.’
      • ‘The teacher's voice wasn't dripping with sarcasm or spite; in fact, the teacher had the best intentions at heart when he had said that aloud.’
      • ‘His voice dripped with ironic sarcasm, as he spared a moment to glance at her.’
      • ‘‘You really know how to make a girl feel special,’ sarcasm dripped from my voice.’
      • ‘A good comedy movie is also one that is dripping with humour in small doses, so that even a preposition or a pronoun at a given moment seems hilarious.’
      • ‘Sarcasm dripped from his voice, sending an immediate warning to everyone else in the room to mind their mouths.’
      • ‘This voice was dripping with determination, and yet at the same time ripped from a deep and demanding voice at the back of his throat.’
      • ‘Her voice was dripping with venom; hate filled her pretty brown eyes, Charlotte's eyes.’
      • ‘The troupe delivers some great performances and the script itself is dripping with wit like a reading from Bartlett's Familiar Quotations.’
      • ‘Her voice was dripping with sarcasm and, Cole noted with amusement, jealousy.’
      • ‘Sarah's voice dripped with bitter sarcasm and made me even angrier.’
      • ‘The event will be dripping with patriotic symbolism.’
      exude, gush, pour forth, give out, send out, emit, breathe, let loose, display, exhibit, demonstrate, manifest
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nounPlural drips

  • 1A small drop of a liquid.

    ‘she put the bucket on top of the dresser to catch the drips’
    • ‘Having failed to make any difference we opt for the traditional leak stopping route, and go and fetch an oven dish to catch the drips.’
    • ‘If our experience with water cooled mainframes is anything to go by, the question remains over where the bucket to catch the drips should be placed.’
    • ‘Its cleverness is in the way the handle is angled to suit the curves of a lavatory bowl, while the top of the holder is slightly dished to catch drips.’
    • ‘Slowly, I get up and run the back of my right hand under my nose to catch the drips that have collected there and sniff to get the rest away.’
    • ‘Take the sponge, run it under hot water, get a drip of washing up liquid (there must be detergent for a thorough wash) onto the scrubby side of the sponge.’
    • ‘Use a cloth to catch drips and when the first trickle of water appears, close the valve.’
    • ‘Have one in your hand as you fill up your boat to catch fuel drips from the nozzle and the deck fuel fill.’
    • ‘For instance, why not glue or tape a paper dinner plate to the bottom of the can to catch drips.’
    • ‘Also pile newspapers on the floor to catch splashes or drips or even better spread a big sheet of plastic and cover it with newspapers.’
    • ‘Eliminates drips, mess, and pot-life problems of liquid epoxy.’
    • ‘Place a drop cloth below or adjacent to the fence to catch debris and paint drips or overspray.’
    • ‘Apply the mixture to your windows with a clean sponge and squeegee off the liquid, absorbing any drips with a cloth.’
    • ‘The nurse tried to catch drips before they hit the bedspread and wiped his chin after every other spoonful.’
    • ‘To make cleanup easier next time, line shelves and bins with small plastic trays or a double thickness of paper towels to catch drips.’
    • ‘I dropped about half a drip of water from the kettle on my socked foot a few days ago - by accident and I hardly felt it.’
    • ‘The chickadees like to catch the drip right from the fountain head, but others are willing to drink and bathe in the water below.’
    • ‘A few have mottled top layers with splashes of incongruous colors that seem to have come together with the randomness of drips of paint on a drop cloth.’
    • ‘The segments ready to be painted are lined with paper gutters to catch any drips.’
    • ‘Don't forget a tray or saucer underneath to catch the drips.’
    • ‘Was it his imagination, or could he see an image of Helen in the drips of golden liquid that remained in the bottom.’
    drop, dribble, bead, spot, trickle, splash, plop
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    1. 1.1in singular The action or sound of liquid falling steadily in small drops.
      ‘the drip, drip, drip of the leak in the roof’
      • ‘Aside from the soft murmur of the pale man speaking to the hooded one and the occasional drip of some liquid, it was positively silent.’
      • ‘A tiny stream, perhaps fed by a small spring or an overhead drip, trickled by between the kitchen and the closet toward the entrance to the cave.’
      • ‘The drip, drip dripping sound of water echoed eerily, tensing her nerves.’
      • ‘Except, there was the sound of a steady drip and an overwhelming feeling of peace so intense he actually panicked.’
      • ‘Colin woke up to the drip of water falling at the end of his bed.’
      • ‘Ayden listen and there was an annoying drip, drip, drip sound that echoed throughout the basement for what seemed forever.’
      • ‘Everywhere sounded the drip of icewater, rubbing away at banded marble and rough limestone.’
      • ‘We traveled downwards for a while, as I watched the darkness and listened to the gentle pattering of tiny feet and the drip of water falling into a pool.’
      • ‘He couldn't show them that their words bothered him, so he sat silently in the corner, listening to the steady drip of a leak near him.’
    2. 1.2
      short for drip feed
      • ‘By the time my husband arrived 10 minutes later, he was already on oxygen, a fluid drip and intravenous antibiotics.’
      • ‘It was just the change from the drip medication to tablet form that caused a reaction.’
      • ‘The mother said her son was unconscious when they arrived at the hospital and doctors put him on a saline drip and monitored him through the night.’
      • ‘Mary woke briefly from her dreams when the night nurse came in to see if she was doing all right and to make a small change in the settings of the drip in her arm.’
      • ‘She has asked that if she get's to bad that they let her go peacefully in what ever form they can, either lethal injection or through a drip, but she does not want us to watch her die in pain.’
      • ‘Above the chair, a disconnected IV drip further indicates a dire state of emergency.’
      • ‘You better get some rest, someone will be round in a while to change your drip.’
      • ‘His drip runs out; the same nurse has to restart it.’
      • ‘It means ‘artificial nutrition and hydration’ - otherwise known as feeding through a tube, or hydrating through a drip in the arm.’
      • ‘He was taken to hospital for blood tests and given a course of antibiotics through a drip.’
    3. 1.3usually as modifier A method of brewing coffee by dripping boiling water through a filter filled with ground coffee beans.
      ‘a drip coffee maker’
      ‘we both drink aged Sumatra drip coffee’
  • 2informal A weak and ineffectual person.

    • ‘He's a bore, he's a drip, he's a sneak.’
    • ‘He's a drip, but he's very faithful, you know.’
    • ‘I probably sound a bit of a drip, but I feel I'm in this permanent hallucinogenic state.’
    weakling, ninny, milksop, milquetoast, namby-pamby, crybaby, pushover, softie, doormat, ineffective person
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  • 3Architecture
    A projection or groove on the underside of a cornice, windowsill, or molding that prevents rain from running down the wall below.

    Compare with dripstone
    • ‘Ms Tooth said in her statement that the remedial work carried out was the same as that for the residences, the installation of extension drips to the copings.’

Origin

Old English dryppan, drȳpen, of Germanic origin; related to Danish dryppe, also to drop.

Pronunciation

drip

/drip//drɪp/