sip

verb
\ ˈsip How to pronounce sip (audio) \
sipped; sipping

Definition of sip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to take a sip of something especially repeatedly

transitive verb

1 : to drink in small quantities
2 : to take sips from

sip

noun

Definition of sip (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a small draft taken with the lips
2 : the act of sipping

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Other Words from sip

Verb

sipper noun

Examples of sip in a Sentence

Verb

She sipped her coffee while she watched the sun rise. He sipped on the bottle of water.

Noun

there are a few sips left in the glass
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Three Argentines boarded having lost their Yerba Mate vessel and were now sipping their tea out of a glass. Anton Troianovski, chicagotribune.com, "World Cup fans meet Russians on the world's longest train line," 14 June 2018 A few miles and a world away from her longtime encampment along the American River, Susan Delph sat in her dining room in South Natomas on a recent afternoon and sipped hot tea. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "Homeless people are moving from the river to homes in the suburbs. Does this approach work?," 10 June 2018 Pomp and pageantry in Carefree What: English Rose Tea Room owner Jo Gemmill is hosting a daylong soiree where guests can don formal attire (complete with tiaras), sip tea and watch wedding coverage in the outdoor pavilion. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal wedding: Where to watch in Phoenix," 14 May 2018 Ella Mae said she and Phil, a cabinet maker, were sipping iced tea on their lawn one afternoon that summer when a car crossed over Connoquenessing Creek and stopped in front of their home on Ash Stop Road. Jason Nark, Philly.com, "The dead celebrate birthdays in Western Pa., the zombie capital of the world," 2 May 2018 Kaia Gerber and Erica Jayne strutting in Marc Jacobs Runway looks. Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell and Anna Wintour all sipping champagne. Will Kahn, Town & Country, "The Story Behind Marc Jacobs' Wedding Cufflinks and Penguin Pins," 17 Apr. 2019 With current stockpiles, the Swiss can continue sipping the revered beverage for three to six more months, regardless of the dire state of the world around them. Rick Noack, The Seattle Times, "Switzerland wants to declare coffee nonessential for human survival," 12 Apr. 2019 Mom, thanks for teaching me to stop and sip the rosé. Maddie Hiatt, House Beautiful, "24 Mother's Day Instagram Captions She'll Love," 12 Apr. 2019 From hosting a screening party to sipping cocktails poolside, Branca shows us her insider tips and tricks for setting the mood like a movie star. Heather Corcoran, ELLE Decor, "How to Bring Old Hollywood Into Your Home," 19 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Yeah, the Duchess of Cambridge (who loves a drink from time to time) enjoyed her Guinness as much as the next guy, and single-handedly put an end to any current pregnancy rumors in one fell sip. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Put an End to Pregnancy Rumors on Her St Patrick's Day Royal Appearance," 18 Mar. 2019 Alternate bites of Snickers with sips of each beverage. Julia Sherman, New York Times, "A Cookbook of Artists’ Creative Summer Desserts," 22 June 2018 For a buzz-worthy proof of concept, the team engineered a system to treat type 2 diabetes in mice with sips of coffee, specifically Nespresso Volluto coffee. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Scientists use caffeine to control genes—and treat diabetic mice with coffee," 20 June 2018 Muslims traditionally break their fast like the Prophet Muhammad did some 1,400 years ago, with a sip of water and some dates at sunset. Washington Post, "A look at the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan," 17 May 2018 This is made even clearer when Rebecca has a one-on-one conversation with Alan's mom (played by Jane Kaczmarek) — symbolically, as the two sip wine together in the kitchen next to a pile of dishes. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Fans Learned So Much About Season 3's Mystery Man Alan Last Night," 10 Oct. 2018 There are institutions for drinking and crafting popping up all over the country — from Pinot's Palette, a paint and sip bar that has over 140 locations, to a DIY Bar in Portland, where customers booze and craft. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Call All Your Friends, You Need a Wine and Crafts Night," 24 Aug. 2018 On first sip, this marvelous double IPA is an easy-drinker despite a slamming 8 percent alcohol content, as zesty carbonation counters the booziness. Peter Rowe, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Is the world still coming to the San Diego International Beer Festival?," 24 May 2018 Tucked into triangles, fried until crunchy and served with lemon, they are meant to be gnawned on between sips of sake. New York Times, "Japanese Seafood Without the Painful Price Tag, at Wokuni," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of sip

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sip

Verb

Middle English sippen; akin to Low German sippen to sip

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The first known use of sip was in the 14th century

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sip

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sip

: to drink (a liquid) slowly by taking only small amounts into your mouth

sip

verb
\ ˈsip How to pronounce sip (audio) \
sipped; sipping

Kids Definition of sip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to take small drinks of

sip

noun

Kids Definition of sip (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of taking a small drink
2 : a small amount taken by sipping

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