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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Kip
The hide of a young or small beef creature, or leather made from it; kipskin.
noun Kip
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  1. A sharp-pointed hill; a projecting point, as on a hill.(Scot)
  2. [Gymnastics] A method or feat of raising the body when hanging or swinging by the arms, as for the purpose of mounting upon the horizontal bar. The legs are swung forward and upward by bending the hips, then suddenly down again, which gives the upward impulse to the body.

Etymology: Cf. G. kippe

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A gymnastic exercise performed starting from a position with the legs over the upper body and moving to an erect position by arching the back and swinging the legs out and down while forcing the chest upright
  2. The basic unit of money in Laos
  3. Sleep ("roused him from his kip")
  4. Be asleep
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1325–75, Middle English kipp, from Middle Dutch kip, from Middle Low German kip (“pack, bundle of hides”)

  1. The untanned hide of a young or small beast, such as a calf, lamb, or young goat.
  2. A bundle or set of such hides.
  3. (obsolete) A unit of count for skins, 30 for lamb and 50 for goat.
  4. The leather made from such hide; kip leather.

1760–70, probably related to Danish kippe (“dive, hovel, cheap inn”) and Middle Low German kiffe (“hovel”). From the same distant Germanic root as cove.

  1. (informal, chiefly UK) A place to sleep; a rooming house; a bed.
  2. (informal, chiefly UK) Sleep, snooze, nap, forty winks, doze.
    I’m just going for my afternoon .
  3. (informal, chiefly UK) A very untidy house or room.
  4. (informal, chiefly UK, dated) A brothel.

From Middle English kippen, from Old Norse kippa (“to pull; snatch”). Cognate with Norwegian kippe (“to snatch”), Swedish kippa (“to snatch; jerk”); Dutch kippen (“to seize; catch”).

1910–15, Americanism, abbreviated from kilo + pound.

  1. A unit of force equal to 1000 pounds-force (lbf) (4.44822 kilonewtons or 4448.22 newtons); occasionally called the kilopound.
  2. A unit of weight, used, for example, to calculate shipping charges, equal to half a US ton, or 1000 pounds.
  3. (rare, nonstandard) A unit of mass equal to 1000 avoirdupois pounds.

1950–55, from Lao ກີບ (kiip).

  1. The unit of currency in Laos, divided into 100 att, symbol ₭, abbreviation LAK.

Unknown. Some senses may be related to German Kippe (“stub”).

  1. (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.
  2. (Australia, games, two-up) A piece of flat wood used to throw the coins in a game of two-up.
  3. (Scotland) A sharp-pointed hill; a projecting point, as on a hill.

    kip was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, Serbo-Croatian, Slovene, Turkish, and West Uvean

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1935 8 0 8
    1938 6 0 6
    1939 12 0 12
    1940 15 0 15
    1941 10 0 10
    1942 15 0 15
    1943 25 0 25
    1944 28 0 28
    1945 42 0 42
    1946 57 0 57
    1947 61 6 55
    1948 66 5 61
    1949 68 0 68
    1950 93 0 93
    1951 96 0 96
    1952 99 0 99
    1953 110 5 105
    1954 127 6 121
    1955 197 10 187
    1956 213 17 196
    1957 217 13 204
    1958 193 9 184
    1959 162 8 154
    1960 176 8 168
    1961 179 7 172
    1962 238 10 228
    1963 269 9 260
    1964 341 8 333
    1965 432 13 419
    1966 314 5 309
    1967 294 0 294
    1968 255 8 247
    1969 211 0 211
    1970 185 0 185
    1971 168 0 168
    1972 149 0 149
    1973 150 0 150
    1974 144 0 144
    1975 117 0 117
    1976 120 0 120
    1977 98 0 98
    1978 117 0 117
    1979 103 0 103
    1980 125 7 118
    1981 126 0 126
    1982 98 0 98
    1983 67 0 67
    1984 104 0 104
    1985 80 0 80
    1986 54 0 54
    1987 56 0 56
    1988 70 0 70
    1989 55 0 55
    1990 62 0 62
    1991 68 0 68
    1992 56 0 56
    1993 38 0 38
    1994 44 0 44
    1995 44 0 44
    1996 41 0 41
    1997 32 0 32
    1998 37 0 37
    1999 32 0 32
    2000 27 0 27
    2001 25 0 25
    2002 30 0 30
    2003 30 0 30
    2004 18 0 18
    2005 25 0 25
    2006 30 0 30
    2007 23 0 23
    2008 24 0 24
    2009 22 0 22
    2010 21 0 21
    2011 21 0 21
    2012 34 0 34
    2013 33 0 33
    2014 50 0 50
    2015 46 0 46
    2016 74 0 74
    2017 74 0 74

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Kip U.S.
      White 86.84% 64.26%
      African American 3.51% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 6.14% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

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    People with the last name Kip are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Kip

    • How Popular is the name Kip? Kip is the 2,890th most popular name of all time. As a last name Kip was the 82,613th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Kip have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 7,876 babies born with the first name Kip in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kip to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kip? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1935 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
    • When was Kip first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kip is Friday, January 18th, 1884.
    • What year had the most people named Kip born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kip was in 1965 with a total of 419 babies.
    • Random Kip Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kip is not a popular baby boy's name in Minnesota. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Minnesota have the same name as you in 2016.
    • Weird things about the name Kip: Your name in reverse order is Pik. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Pik. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Kip? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 228 people with the last name Kip.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kip? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Kip as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.3m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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