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intransitive verb

British usually ˈsīp
chiefly dialectal


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plural -s
: any of the small often hook-shaped or bracket-shaped grooves in the tread of an automobile tire for providing extra traction and preventing skids

Word History


Intransitive verb

Middle English sipen, from Old English sipian


sipe entry 1; from its wiping the road surface dry

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“Sipe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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