v. dripped, drip·ping, drips
1. To fall in drops: Water is dripping from that leaky faucet.
2. To shed drops: an umbrella that is dripping all over the floor.
3. To ooze or be saturated with or as if with liquid: a speech that dripped with sarcasm.
To let fall in or as if in drops: a brush dripping paint; a speech that dripped invective.
1. The process of forming and falling in drops.
a. Liquid or moisture that falls in drops.
b. A slight intermittent flow or leak: fixed the drip in the faucet.
3. See drip feed.
4. The sound made by liquid falling in drops: listened to the steady drip of the rain.
5. A projection on a cornice or sill from which rainwater can drip, protecting the wall below.
6. Slang A tiresome or annoying person.
[Middle English drippen; see dhreu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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