It's <nipping> out [cold]


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Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect
There is a similar word which means a bit cold, or fresh = nippy

It's nippy out today.
It's an old thread. I have a new question for everyone. Please enlighten me.

Is it okay to say:

It's nipping out today.

I notice that "nipping" is an adjective here.

Much appreciated!
  • arcanegem

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    "Nipping" is an adjective used to describe a sensation of cold, typically referring to a slight but chilly wind or breeze that is felt on the skin. The term can also be used to describe a feeling of coldness in general, or to describe the weather as being cold enough to cause one's skin to feel nipped or bitten by the cold.

    Example -"The nipping cold air made me pull my scarf tighter around my neck."


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    Australia's a pretty hot country in general, but in some places it gets very nippy ... never nipping. I once knew a pesky little dog that always tried to nip people. It wouldn't stop nipping.


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    US English
    "nippy" is an adjective, "nipping" is the present participle of the verb "to nip". Cf. "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose" from "The Christmas Song", famously sung by Nat "King" Cole.


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    English - England
    I wonder if there's one possible context for "nipping" to be used as an adjective.
    Yes, but I suggest that you never use it. Without exception, the following sound unnatural

    1893 J. Rhoades Theresa 80 Where never nipping frost or cankering blight Profanes the flowers, Your little darling blows.
    1923 R. Fry Let. 20 June (1972) II. 539 I've had a longish walk to the station in the nipping morning air.
    1979 S. Bellow in Arizona Daily Star 1 Apr. h1/1 Despite the sunshine the wind was stiff, the thermometer stood at 45 degrees, a nipping and an eager air.