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Hilarity N. Suze
12-21-2007, 03:07 AM
As in a friendly sort of theft.

As in, when you went through the kitchen you kiped (kayped? caiped? keiped?) a cookie. When you went through the office lunchroom you kyped a donut.

I am a good speller, really I am. I have heard this word but I don't think I've ever seen it. It's giving me agita.

Random
12-21-2007, 03:18 AM
Sure you're not thinking of swipe?

Hilarity N. Suze
12-21-2007, 03:19 AM
Sure you're not thinking of swipe?
I'm sure. It does rhyme though.

Mangetout
12-21-2007, 03:22 AM
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Kipe

si_blakely
12-21-2007, 03:24 AM
As in, when you went through the kitchen you kiped (kayped? caiped? keiped?) a cookie. When you went through the office lunchroom you kyped a donut.kipe (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=kipe)

I have heard klept (from kleptomaniac).

Si (eta: too slow :smack: )

susan
12-21-2007, 04:25 AM
It's also possible you're hearing kike, as in meaning #12 here (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=kike&page=2), a verb meaning "steal." It's highly offensive, by the way. I never heard it until I moved to the western U.S., and I'm sad to say that I hear it frequently there, often with no ill intent on the speaker's part, as well as no understanding that it's a slur. Clearly "kike," in my experience, not "kipe." You might want to check this out since we have two words with similar sounds used in approximately the same way.

hocow
12-21-2007, 06:48 AM
I had always heard it as kife (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Kife)

Nametag
12-21-2007, 07:12 AM
From my memory, and a swift examination of online resources, it appears that "kipe" is the correct spelling, with "kype" an idiomatic or regional variation; "kife" does not appear to be in very common use, and may be a mistake, and "kike" as a synonym or variant of "kipe" is just too bizarre for words.

BarnOwl
12-21-2007, 09:09 AM
Doesn't "cop" work, too?

beowulff
12-21-2007, 09:14 AM
My experience is kipe = nick.

BJMoose
12-21-2007, 09:37 AM
I've always thought it is spelled kype (but can't recall ever actually writing the word). Alas, Webster's Ninth Collegiate has nothing on it (I looked for several variations).

I wonder if it originated as a dialectical past participle of cop; or perhaps a portmanteau of cop and swipe.

susan
12-21-2007, 10:40 AM
"kike" as a synonym or variant of "kipe" is just too bizarre for words.And yet, I assure you that it is actively used.

Colophon
12-21-2007, 10:59 AM
kike" as a synonym or variant of "kipe" is just too bizarre for words.
Not really. I remember "jew" being used as a verb meaning the same thing when I was at school. "Who's jewed my ruler?" Nasty and offensive, sure, but then so are schoolkids. :p

Other racial or social-class-related nouns were used as verbs in the same way, e.g. "chav" and "pikey" ("chavved" and "pikied" being the inflected forms).

Never heard "kipe", though, so sorry about the hijack...

Captain Amazing
12-21-2007, 11:01 AM
And yet, I assure you that it is actively used.

I think if "kike" is being used in that way, it's off a variant of "kipe", though. That meaning doesn't come from anti-Semitism.

UncaStuart
12-21-2007, 11:06 AM
Always heard/used kipe to mean snatch; never heard kike used as a verb. (50s & 60s California.)

Colophon
12-21-2007, 11:18 AM
I think if "kike" is being used in that way, it's off a variant of "kipe", though. That meaning doesn't come from anti-Semitism.
Not necessarily - see my post directly above yours.

AskNott
12-21-2007, 11:20 AM
It's conditional on where you live, innit? Some of our Celtic brothers spell it "cope," as in, "I absolutely cannot kipe with alla different brands of mustard here." Some other folks spell it "cape," as in, "Ama drive ta Kipe Canivverrl Satdy. Wanna go?" ;)

Rick
12-21-2007, 11:37 AM
Always heard/used kipe to mean snatch; never heard kike used as a verb. (50s & 60s California.)
Same here. Used in late 50- early 60s in California.

robardin
12-21-2007, 11:51 AM
I've never heard this. Obviously it's a regionalism, but where are you located? Other posters who have heard it all seem to be from California or the Western US.

In the context of taking some donuts from a table as I passed by, I would say I "swiped" or "poached" them to indicate that I was not, in fact, originally expected or entitled to take them by whoever laid them out, and that said person was not there to see me do it.

I've rarely heard the term "Jew" used as a verb; when I have it's always been in the context of haggling or bargaining with a negative result for the speaker, and clearly anti-Semitic in origin ("I tried to get <X dollars> for it, but the guy jewed me down to <85% of X>"). When called on it, the speakers generally express surprise that it's offensive, much like the use of "gyp" to mean cheat or deceive is so commonly used that not everyone realizes it's an ethnic reference to Gypsies.

In fact, the last two people I called on it claimed it was as much a compliment as anything else, since "they" (the Jews) "pride themselves on getting the best deal, don't they?"

Tastes of Chocolate
12-21-2007, 12:10 PM
I've never heard this. Obviously it's a regionalism, but where are you located? Other posters who have heard it all seem to be from California or the Western US.

Heard and used kipe. Not so much a friendly swiping of something as a spur of the moment thing. Grabbing on the way by. Minnesota.

Catfood Purrito
12-21-2007, 12:21 PM
It was "kife" where I grew up, and I've never heard "kipe," "kike," or "jew" used in that way. I grew up in Iowa.

Aangelica
12-21-2007, 12:23 PM
The usage I'm familiar with for "kipe" is for those moments when someone takes something that they know if they were to ask, they'd get permission to take it anyways. For example: "I kiped a Coke from the fridge."

Little Nemo
12-21-2007, 12:42 PM
I've heard the word "jew" used as a verb, but like robardin, it meant excessive haggling rather than outright fraud or theft. It would be something like negotiating over the price of a used car and then after that deal was settled having the seller then ask for twenty more dollars for the gas in the tank.

danceswithcats
12-21-2007, 01:00 PM
I grew up in suburban Philly and didn't hear kipe until moving to south central PA. Its usage is consistent with the definition expressed by Aangelica.

bordelond
12-21-2007, 02:30 PM
Data point: "kipe" is completely unknown in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Has "kipe"ever even been used in a movie or something? Seems to have a wide geographic coverage ... odd that folks from all over the U.S. haven't run into it in media, at the very least.

susan
12-21-2007, 02:43 PM
I've never heard "kipe." Maryland, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oregon.

Duke of Rat
12-21-2007, 03:14 PM
The usage I'm familiar with for "kipe" is for those moments when someone takes something that they know if they were to ask, they'd get permission to take it anyways. For example: "I kiped a Coke from the fridge."

Basically the same here. I always figured it was a a mixture of "cop" and "swipe", like Aangelica used it, or very petty theft. Like you might kipe a pencil off the teacher's desk. And that's something the teacher may well have given you anyway, like the Coke from the fridge, but taking it without asking was the "kipe".

Texas, small town.

KneadToKnow
12-21-2007, 04:19 PM
"Ama drive ta Kipe Canivverrl Satdy. Wanna go?" ;)
Cain't. Ah gotsta werk.

Cervaise
12-21-2007, 04:31 PM
I've definitely heard this expression. However, we spell it "kiwainscotingpe" (the "wainscoting" is silent).

dangermom
12-21-2007, 04:42 PM
People here say kype, but I've never heard kike used like that (or much at all, in fact). The last time I heard "jew" used as a verb for haggling or cheating, it was several years ago--a local city counselor said it in a joshing manner and then nearly lost his posistion in the ensuing scandal.

Anyway kipe or kype is when you nick something small. You might say "Yoink!" while you're doing it.

panache45
12-21-2007, 05:11 PM
Doesn't "cop" work, too?
Especially if followed by "a feel."

JimOfAllTrades
12-21-2007, 06:00 PM
I heard (and assumed it was spelled) “kype” as a kid and teenager. Haven’t heard it now for probably 20 years that I can remember. It was used just like “swipe”, but usually applied to something small.

Never heard “kike” used to mean steal, actually I’m not sure if I’ve ever heard “kike” used in any sense in actual conversation. I’ve heard it in movies and TV, seen it in books, etc., but always as a noun, a derogatory name for a Jewish person.

And I’ve heard “jew” in conversation, as a verb it always applied to haggling over a price. “Jewed him down” or “I was jewed down” were fairly common when I was a kid. Like “kype” I don’t think I’ve heard it used that way in a long time.

Childhood for me was late 1950s and 1960s Utah.

Ms. Pumpkin
12-21-2007, 07:07 PM
It was "kife" where I grew up, and I've never heard "kipe," "kike," or "jew" used in that way. I grew up in Iowa.

Ditto, except that whole Iowa thing.

BJMoose
12-23-2007, 11:15 AM
Data point: "kipe" is completely unknown in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Has "kipe"ever even been used in a movie or something? Seems to have a wide geographic coverage ... odd that folks from all over the U.S. haven't run into it in media, at the very least.
Johnny Carson used kiped in a famous alliterative bit with Jack Webb (the Copper Clapper Caper; "So Claude Cooper kiped your copper clapper, kept in a closet?" etc.).

mangeorge
12-23-2007, 11:42 AM
Another California here, Central. From birth (1945) till I moved north kipe was in very common use. Still here it used sometimes up here in the SF Bay Area.
It's definitely a friendlier version of "steal". My friends and I used to kipe fresh, still warm tortillas off the stack while their moms were making them. The price was a swat, but there always seemed to be softened butter handy. :)
Warm buttered tortillas sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and rolled up. You gotta fold the bottom end up to keep the yummies in.
Peace,
mangeorge

Ruby
12-23-2007, 12:20 PM
Born and raised midwest...

Kike - derogatory term for Jews

Kife - to steal a small object but not used a lot in my circles. I'm thinking I may have read the term in a book as a kid. Seems more likely used on the east coast.

Jew - verb meaning a negotiated price with a positive result to the speaker. "He was asking $500 but I jewed him down to $450".

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