tip

verb (1)
\ ˈtip \
tipped; tipping

Definition of tip 

(Entry 1 of 10)

transitive verb

1 : overturn, upset usually used with over

2a : cant, tilt

b : to raise and tilt forward in salute tipped his hat

intransitive verb

1 : to become tipped : topple

2 : lean, slant

tip the scales

1 : to register weight tips the scales at 285 pounds

2 : to shift the balance of power or influence tipped the scales in favor of a declaration of war —S. F. Bemis

tip

noun (1)

Definition of tip (Entry 2 of 10)

1 : the act or an instance of tipping : tilt

2 chiefly British : a place for depositing something (such as rubbish) by dumping

tip

noun (2)

Definition of tip (Entry 3 of 10)

1 : the usually pointed end of something a pencil tip

2 : a small piece or part serving as an end, cap, or point

on the tip of one's tongue

1 : about to be uttered it was on the tip of my tongue to say exactly what I thought

2 : just eluding recall

tip

verb (2)
tipped; tipping

Definition of tip (Entry 4 of 10)

transitive verb

1a : to furnish with a tip

b(1) : to cover or adorn the tip of

(2) : to blend (furs) for improved appearance by brushing the tips of the hair with dye

2 : to affix (an insert) in a book often used with in

3 : to remove the ends of tip raspberries

tip

verb (3)
tipped; tipping

Definition of tip (Entry 5 of 10)

transitive verb

1 : to strike lightly : tap

2 : to give (something, such as a baseball) a glancing blow

tip

noun (3)

Definition of tip (Entry 6 of 10)

: a light touch or blow

tip

noun (4)

Definition of tip (Entry 7 of 10)

1 : a piece of advice or expert or authoritative information

2 : a piece of advance or confidential information given by one thought to have access to special or inside sources

tip

verb (4)
tipped; tipping

Definition of tip (Entry 8 of 10)

transitive verb

1 : to impart a piece of information or advice about or to often used with off

2 chiefly British : to mention as a likely candidate, prospective winner, or profitable investment : tout sense 1

tip one's hand or less commonly tip one's mitt

: to declare one's intentions or reveal one's opinions or resources the Justice Department wouldn't tip its hand by saying what its next move … would beNewsweek

tip

verb (5)
tipped; tipping

Definition of tip (Entry 9 of 10)

transitive verb

1 : to give a gratuity to

2 : give, present this crew has tipped you the black spot —R. L. Stevenson

intransitive verb

: to bestow a gratuity

tip

noun (5)

Definition of tip (Entry 10 of 10)

: a gift or a sum of money tendered for a service performed or anticipated : gratuity

Other words from tip

Noun (2)

tipped \ˈtipt \ adjective

First Known Use of tip

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (1)

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (3)

1567, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (3)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (4)

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (4)

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (5)

circa 1610, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

Noun (5)

1755, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tip

Verb (1)

Middle English

Noun (2)

Middle English; akin to Middle High German zipf tip, Old English tæppa tap — more at tap entry 3

Verb (2)

Middle English tipped having a tip, from tip entry 3

Noun (3)

Middle English tippe; akin to Low German tippen to tap

Noun (4)

origin unknown

Verb (5)

perhaps from tip entry 5

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tip

noun
\ ˈtip \

Kids Definition of tip

 (Entry 1 of 6)

1 : the usually pointed end of something the tip of a knife blade

2 : a small piece or part serving as an end, cap, or point the tip of an arrow

tip

verb
tipped; tipping

Kids Definition of tip (Entry 2 of 6)

1 : to turn over They tipped the canoe.

2 : to bend from a straight position : slant She tipped her head to the side.

3 : to raise and tilt forward He tips his hat.

tip

noun

Kids Definition of tip (Entry 3 of 6)

: a piece of useful or secret information

tip

noun

Kids Definition of tip (Entry 4 of 6)

: a small sum of money given for a service

tip

verb
tipped; tipping

Kids Definition of tip (Entry 5 of 6)

: to give a small sum of money for a service We tipped the waiter.

tip

verb
tipped; tipping

Kids Definition of tip (Entry 6 of 6)

1 : to attach an end or point to

2 : to cover or decorate the tip of

tip

noun

Legal Definition of tip 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : information provided to the police or authorities regarding crime

2 : a piece of inside information especially of advantage in securities trading

tipped; tipping

Legal Definition of tip (Entry 2 of 2)

: to provide a tip to or about often used with off

Other words from tip

tipper noun

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