Kip

Noun

  • A bundle or set of such hides.
  • (informal, chiefly UK) A place to sleep; a rooming house; a bed.
  • (informal, chiefly UK, dated) A brothel.
  • A unit of weight, used, for example, to calculate shipping charges, equal to half a US ton, or 1000 pounds.
  • (gymnastics) A basic skill or maneuver in artistic gymnastics on the uneven bars, parallel bars, high bar and still rings used, for example, as a way of mounting the bar in a front support position, or achieving a handstand from a hanging position. In its basic form, the legs are swung forward and upward by bending the hips, then suddenly down again, which gives the upward impulse to the body.
  • The untanned hide of a young or small beast, such as a calf, lamb, or young goat.
  • The leather made from such hide; kip leather.
  • (informal, chiefly UK) A very untidy house or room.
  • A unit of force equal to 1000 pounds-force (lbf) (4.44822 kilonewtons or 4448.22 newtons); occasionally called the kilopound.
  • The unit of currency in Laos, divided into 100 att, symbol ₭, abbreviation LAK.
  • (Scotland) A sharp-pointed hill; a projecting point, as on a hill.
  • (obsolete) A unit of count for skins, 30 for lamb and 50 for goat.
  • (informal, chiefly UK) Sleep, snooze, nap, forty winks, doze.

    "I’m just going for my afternoon kip."

  • (rare, nonstandard) A unit of mass equal to 1000 avoirdupois pounds.
  • (Australia, games, two-up) A piece of flat wood used to throw the coins in a game of two-up.

Verb

  • (informal, chiefly UK) To sleep; often with the connotation of a temporary or charitable situation, or one borne out of necessity.

    "Don’t worry, I’ll kip on the sofabed."

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