\ ˈsēp, British usually ˈsīp \

Definition of sipe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

chiefly dialectal


\ " \
plural -s

Definition of sipe (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

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History and Etymology for sipe

Intransitive verb

Middle English sipen, from Old English sipian


sipe entry 1; from its wiping the road surface dry

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“Sipe.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sipe. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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