• IPA(key): /ˈknɪpə(n)/
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  • Hyphenation: knip‧pen
  • Rhymes: -ɪpən

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle Dutch knippen, further etymology unknown. Directly related only with Middle Low German knippen. Probably onomatopoeic.

The sense “to blink” may, at least in part, be due to conflation with knijpen (to squeeze). Compare de ogen toeknijpen (“to screw up one’s eyes”); also Low German knippen and kniepen both in the sense of “to blink”, German kniepen.



  1. (transitive) to cut with scissors
  2. (transitive, computing) to cut (remove an item and place it in memory for later use)
  3. (transitive, archaic) to make a pinching movement, especially with one's eyelids; thus, to blink
  4. (intransitive, transitive) to snap one's fingers
Inflection of knippen (weak)
infinitive knippen
past singular knipte
past participle geknipt
infinitive knippen
gerund knippen n
present tense past tense
1st person singular knip knipte
2nd person sing. (jij) knipt knipte
2nd person sing. (u) knipt knipte
2nd person sing. (gij) knipt knipte
3rd person singular knipt knipte
plural knippen knipten
subjunctive sing.1 knippe knipte
subjunctive plur.1 knippen knipten
imperative sing. knip
imperative plur.1 knipt
participles knippend geknipt
1) Archaic.
Derived termsEdit
  • Afrikaans: knip

Etymology 2Edit

See the etymology of the main entry.



  1. plural of knip