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

Definition of sip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to take a sip of something especially repeatedly And, sipping on the beer, he remembered romantic days of yore …— John Nichols I boil some tea with the salty hut water and sit outside sipping away for a while watching a blanket of stars unfold …— Clarissa Hirst

transitive verb

1 : to drink (something) in small quantities On crowded, bustling Broadway there is a spot where one may sip espresso …The New York Times Northern bats are more likely to eat insects than to sip nectar …— Ann Lovejoy
2 : to take sips from (something) sip complimentary glasses of Champagne.— Harvey Steiman


plural sips

Definition of sip (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a small amount of liquid taken into the mouth with the lips Jimmy wriggled himself into a more comfortable position, and took a sip from his glass.— P. G. Wodehouse It's enormously complex, revealing new facets with every sip.Wine Enthusiast Magazine
2 : the act of sipping Jews traditionally begin their weekly Sabbath meal with a sip of wine and a Hebrew prayer …— Jeff Morgan

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Other Words from sip


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 No matter what type of wine the to-be-weds like to sip, the Zalto universal glass will be a fit. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, 12 June 2021 It’s grassy, sweet and light, and perfect to sip while star gazing. Amanda Schuster, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Masks are worn onto the plaza and taken off without fear as audience members chat with their pod mates, sip water and crane their necks to observe the unfamiliar social scene. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2021 Now, though, they once again were tempted by souvenirs, snacks and drinks to sip. John Leicester, Star Tribune, 30 May 2021 Be sure to grab some ice-cold Red Stripe, one of Jamaica's premier beer brands, to sip while taking in the vistas. Rondel Holder, Travel + Leisure, 27 May 2021 One re-created a Tiki hut in his house to sip tropical cocktails with his wife. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 May 2021 But now, planning ahead is the most common way to sip the Middle Eastern tiki drinks or share a plate of the house labneh. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2021 The renaissance of Irish whiskey has led to a number of new distilleries around Ireland, another lovely tour and sip destination. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 25 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The strawberry ginger flavor was the only one that could stand up to more than one sip. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, 28 May 2021 Indeed, just a quarter teaspoon of kithul stirred into a vodka martini (with the drinker’s preferred ratio of dry vermouth) creates a curiously savory sip, almost like a dirty martini despite its lack of olive juice. Washington Post, 1 June 2021 It’s the kind of place where every sip and bite feels both sacred and comforting. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 26 May 2021 What’s better than a cool sip of lemonade on a hot summer day? Katie Chang, Forbes, 23 May 2021 The finish is pleasantly hot, and takes a moment to fade, only interrupted by the second sip that inevitably will follow. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 21 May 2021 Each sip is like a mouthful of cherry shaved ice on a hot day. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 20 May 2021 The report said the woman was at a club with T.I. and Tiny in 2005 when Tiny offered her a sip of her drink. NBC News, 18 May 2021 The Reds are requiring patrons to wear masks unless taking a bite of food or a sip from a drink. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, 9 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of sip


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1633, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for sip


Middle English sippen; akin to Low German sippen to sip

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15 Jun 2021

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“Sip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sip

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


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

Kids Definition of sip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to take small drinks of



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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