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tip

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verb \ˈtip\

Definition of tip

tipped

tipping

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  overturn, upset —usually used with over

  3. 2a :  cant, tiltb :  to raise and tilt forward in salute <tipped his hat>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to become tipped :  topple

  6. 2 :  lean, slant

tip the scales

  1. 1 :  to register weight <tips the scales at 285 pounds>

  2. 2 :  to shift the balance of power or influence <tipped the scales in favor of a declaration of war — S. F. Bemis>



Origin and Etymology of tip

Middle English


First Known Use: 14th century


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tip

noun

Definition of tip

  1. 1 :  the act or an instance of tipping :  tilt

  2. 2 chiefly British :  a place for depositing something (as rubbish) by dumping



1673

First Known Use of tip

1673


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tip

transitive verb

Definition of tip

tipped

tipping

  1. 1a :  to furnish with a tipb (1) :  to cover or adorn the tip of (2) :  to blend (furs) for improved appearance by brushing the tips of the hair with dye

  2. 2 :  to affix (an insert) in a book —often used with in

  3. 3 :  to remove the ends of <tip raspberries>



Origin and Etymology of tip

Middle English tipped having a tip, from 4tip


First Known Use: 14th century


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tip

noun

Definition of tip

  1. 1 :  the usually pointed end of something <a pencil tip>

  2. 2 :  a small piece or part serving as an end, cap, or point

tipped

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on the tip of one's tongue

  1. 1 :  about to be uttered <it was on the tip of my tongue to say exactly what I thought>

  2. 2 :  just eluding recall



Origin and Etymology of tip

Middle English; akin to Middle High German zipf tip, Old English tæppa tap — more at tap


First Known Use: 14th century


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tip

noun

Definition of tip

  1. :  a light touch or blow



Origin and Etymology of tip

Middle English tippe; akin to Low German tippen to tap


First Known Use: 15th century


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tip

verb

Definition of tip

tipped

tipping

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to strike lightly :  tap

  3. 2 :  to give (as a baseball) a glancing blow

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  tiptoe



1567

First Known Use of tip

1567


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tip

noun

Definition of tip

  1. 1 :  a piece of advice or expert or authoritative information

  2. 2 :  a piece of advance or confidential information given by one thought to have access to special or inside sources



Origin and Etymology of tip

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1567


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tip

transitive verb

Definition of tip

tipped

tipping

  1. 1 :  to impart a piece of information or advice about or to —often used with off

  2. 2 chiefly British :  to mention as a likely candidate, prospective winner, or profitable investment :  tout 4

tip one's hand

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tip one's mitt

  1. :  to declare one's intentions or reveal one's opinions or resources <the Justice Department wouldn't tip its hand by saying what its next move…would be — Newsweek>



1883

First Known Use of tip

1883


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tip

verb

Definition of tip

tipped

tipping

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  give, present <this crew has tipped you the black spot — R. L. Stevenson>

  3. 2 :  to give a gratuity to

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to bestow a gratuity



Origin and Etymology of tip

perhaps from 6tip


First Known Use: circa 1610


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tip

noun

Definition of tip

  1. :  a gift or a sum of money tendered for a service performed or anticipated :  gratuity



1755

First Known Use of tip

1755

Rhymes with tip



TIP Defined for Kids

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tip

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noun \ˈtip\

Definition of tip for Students

  1. 1 :  the usually pointed end of something <the tip of a knife blade>

  2. 2 :  a small piece or part serving as an end, cap, or point <the tip of an arrow>




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tip

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verb

Definition of tip for Students

tipped

tipping

  1. 1 :  to turn over <They tipped the canoe.>

  2. 2 :  to bend from a straight position :  slant <She tipped her head to the side.>

  3. 3 :  to raise and tilt forward <He tips his hat.>




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tip

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noun

Definition of tip for Students

  1. :  a piece of useful or secret information




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tip

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noun

Definition of tip for Students

  1. :  a small sum of money given for a service




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tip

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verb

Definition of tip for Students

tipped

tipping

  1. :  to give a small sum of money for a service <We tipped the waiter.>




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tip

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verb

Definition of tip for Students

tipped

tipping

  1. 1 :  to attach an end or point to

  2. 2 :  to cover or decorate the tip of




Law Dictionary

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tip

noun

Legal Definition of tip

  1. 1 :  information provided to the police or authorities regarding crime

  2. 2 :  a piece of inside information especially of advantage in securities trading




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tip

transitive verb

Legal Definition of tip

tipped

tipping

  1. :  to provide a tip to or about —often used with off

tipper

noun




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