1 bite, nibble; pinch, snip, clip, cut, snap, tweak, twitch, trim, lop, crop, shear; grip, squeeze:
The dog nipped the postman's ankle. Nip off the suckers to promote healthy growth of the tomatoes
2 nip in the bud. stop, arrest, check, thwart, frustrate, stymie, forestall; quash, squelch, suppress, extinguish, put down:
The revolt of the army officers was nipped in the bud.
3 bite, nibble, morsel, pinch, snip:
The deer had taken nips off the tips of the shrubbery.
4 chill, coldness, iciness, sharpness, tang, bite:
There's a definite wintry nip in the air tonight.
taste, drop, sip, soupçon, portion, swallow, gulp, mouthful, finger, Brit peg, tot, draught, Scots dram, US draft, Colloq snort, shot:
I had a few nips of brandy to ward off the cold.