1(in leather-making) the hide of a young or small animal.‘Now with flawless tight grain kip skin leather and the best Pro Patterns, these gloves are sure to be the new industry benchmark.’
hide, pelt, fleece
- ‘Leather made from kips generally has a fine, tight fibre.’
- 1.1A set or bundle of kips.
Late Middle English perhaps related to Middle Dutch kip, kijp ‘bundle (of hides)’.
nounplural noun kip, plural noun kips
The basic monetary unit of Laos, equal to 100 ats.‘Wide fluctuations began in 1998, when the kip was valued at about 6,200 to the U.S. dollar.’
- ‘The value of the kip plummeted from around 800 to the dollar in 1997 to around 7,500 kip to the dollar today (it went over 10,000 at one point).’
- ‘All seven men were also ordered to pay 11 million kip each as compensation to the family of the victim, said the sources.’
- ‘The National Tourism Authority of Laos predicted that 743,000 visitors would bring 107 billion kip into the local economy.’
A unit of weight equal to 1,000 lb (453.6 kg).
1British A sleep or nap.
nap, doze, rest, siesta, drowse, catnap
- ‘I might have a little kip’
- ‘he was trying to get some kip’
- ‘Though you've still been on the road for four or five hours to reach the ferry port, your time clock says you are ready for some kip, so you sleep like a baby, arriving before France really wakes up, refreshed and prepared for a long drive.’
- ‘That's one way to get some kip on the plane, leave your child in an airport.’
- ‘Lo and behold out of the surf popped a little critter, and he proceeded to waddle up the beach and then up the banking for a bit of kip.’
- ‘To be sure that we're going to get a decent kip every night and not be harassed by a bed partner who makes repeated attempts at foreplay.’
- ‘Little surprise that a survey has found that, given the chance of an extra hour in bed, most working men would rather have a kip than make love.’
- ‘Two hours of kip caught, that gives me precisely 24 minutes to shower, coffee, dress, tackle the bags and shadows, then jog breathlessly to work.’
- ‘I was just trying to get a few minutes kip, so I could function with some level of intelligence the rest of the afternoon…’
- ‘I feel that if I want to have a good night's kip, I shouldn't be trying to do it in the middle of the nightly entertainment zone.’
- ‘But as anyone knows, if you lie down and have a forty minute kip in the aisle of a supermarket, the manager will think you are a mentalist and tell you to move on.’
- ‘After a while I found myself hit by a wave of fatigue, paranoia and depression, but an hour's kip and a wander round the shops worked wonders.’
- ‘So that lunchtime kip under your desk is entirely justified.’
- ‘And these days I hear you can get a better night's kip on an overnight flight to Hong Kong than you do in a budget airport hotel.’
- ‘I thought to myself that a long period on a coach trying to pass out with the aid of many tins of Stella and the least comfy seats in showbiz might result in some kip.’
- ‘But I'm not made of such stern stuff and to fortify me for the festivities I'm off to my hotel for a few hours' kip.’
- ‘Anyhow, if we've finished playing Juke Box Jury now, I fancy getting some kip, if you don't mind.’
- ‘Finally I drifted off to sleep at about 3am, and, between then and the first mobile phone ringing at 5.45 am, I must have had, when you tot it all up, a good hour and a half's kip.’
- ‘And, having murdered sleep through killing a king, Hicks shoots his wife the wintriest of smiles when she later recommends a good night's kip.’
- ‘I don't want to push my luck and may just get some kip from 6pm onwards.’
- ‘It was all I could do to get back to work to escape the nappies, the din and get back onto night shifts where I could turn in a decent bit of kip.’
- ‘Then I would make my way back to somewhere I could catch the coach back to Oxford, and try to get a bit of kip on the journey.’
- 1.1mainly Scottish A bed.‘I think I heard Steven Frail saying there's a virus flooring a lot of the players. Eggert puked this morning and is in his kip!’
bunk, bed, bunk bed, cot, couch, hammock
- ‘Usually when he arrived home with his ‘AA cronies’, as Mary called them, she'd be in her kip.’
2Irish An unpleasant, dirty, or sordid place.
- ‘he couldn't get a start in this kip of a city’
- ‘If these reforms go through much of the countryside will go back to being a barren kip.’
- ‘Now the only negative thing was that we stayed the night at the top to see the famed sunrise in the morning but the hotel we stayed at was a kip and I hardly got any sleep.’
- ‘Jaysus, but what a kip it was inside Mack's cottage!’
verbverb kips, verb kipping, verb kipped[no object] informal British
relax, take a rest, ease off, ease up, let up, slow down, pause, have a break, take a break, unbend, repose, laze, idle, loaf, do nothing, take time off, slack off, unwind, recharge one's batteries, be at leisure, take it easy, sit back, sit down, stand down, lounge, luxuriate, loll, slump, flop, put one's feet up, lie down, go to bed, have a nap, take a nap, nap, catnap, doze, have a siesta, take a siesta, drowse, sleep
- ‘he can kip on her sofa’
- ‘I was back from Germany for a few weeks and was kipping for a couple of nights on the sofa in the place that my ex-housemates were now sharing with my ex-girlfriend (we're still friendly so it wasn't a problem).’
- ‘Now at this stage I was all for kipping on the floor of the family room, rather than leave my poor, unprotected wife in the hands of evil maternity ward goons.’
- ‘In Japanese style, we just piled into the room and kipped on the floor, no beds, no mats, no nothing.’
- ‘Brother-in-law, by now, had already slipped out, so I had a little shut-eye myself, waking to find my beloved still kipping.’
- ‘Hi mate, you know you said I could kip over any time I'm in London?’
Mid 18th century (in the sense ‘brothel’): perhaps related to Danish kippe ‘hovel, tavern’.
(in Australia) a small piece of wood from which coins are spun in the game of two-up.‘The boxer or manager of the game sat with his coins, kips, string and money tray in the place where he could view the whole ring clearly.’
- ‘Simon placed two coins on the ‘kip’ and flicked them high in the air.’
Late 19th century perhaps related to Irish cipin ‘small stick, dibble’.