\ 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The suited chauffeur holding two coffees for the couple to sip while taking them on a wild goose chase around London. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 6 Aug. 2022 Much of Garcia’s menu will be designed to pair with wine, sprizes and low-ABV cocktails, which customers will be able to sip in front of windows that will open onto Fillmore in the style of a Parisian bistro. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Aug. 2022 For anyone who’s so constrained but still longing to sip a cocktail while soaking on a pool step or to cannonball in after a long day, these little dippers can appeal. Allison Duncan, WSJ, 29 July 2022 Trick-or-treating (or perhaps more exciting for adults, an excuse to sip on a boo-zy Halloween cocktail) is just around the corner, and frightful fun and perhaps some Halloween party games await. Marissa Gold, Country Living, 28 July 2022 Final Friday at Wheatland Spring Farm and Brewery: Wheatland Spring is one of the best farm breweries in the area — a relaxing place to sip German-style lagers in a barn or around a firepit. Stephanie Williams, Washington Post, 28 July 2022 An absolutely perfect wine to sip while 3,000 words deep in a research paper. Bon Appétit Contributor, Bon Appétit, 21 July 2022 Not everyone would by allowed to sip cocktails by the sea. Susannah Bryan, Sun Sentinel, 20 July 2022 Made with Rock N Roll mango and blanco tequila, this boozy beverage is the perfect libation to sip slowly on a hot summer day. Amber Love Bond, Forbes, 28 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Take a sip, and imagine the sound of waves lapping gently against a sandy shore. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 7 May 2022 Bobafication is raising an eyebrow at a friend’s 75 percent sugar, 50 percent ice, lychee jelly order; demanding a sip; and then feeling secure enough in your taste to admit, okay, sir, go off. Serena Dai, Bon Appétit, 13 July 2022 Nibble the matzo ball with a sip of broth like you’re at a family Seder. Jenn Harriscolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 6 July 2022 This refreshing sip will get you through the heat of summer with its tangy, sweet flavors of peach and mango perfectly balanced by the bite of High West’s Double Rye. Amber Love Bond, Forbes, 28 June 2022 One sip might reveal lemon powder; another, flaky sea salt., 21 June 2022 The frizzante style lends a delicate effervescence to the dry rosé with strawberry and watermelon notes that add a gentle fruitiness to every sip. Jillian Dara, Forbes, 8 June 2022 Within minutes, even a small amount of food—like a sip of milk, traces of eggs, or peanuts—could trigger an allergic reaction in your G.I. tract. Lauren Krouse, SELF, 1 June 2022 Here's a sip as captivating as the quill of the ton's most notorious covert chronicler — and every bit as mysterious. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Sip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for sip


\ 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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