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tip

verb \ ˈtip \
tipped; tipping
1 : overturn, upset usually used with over
2 a : cant, tilt
b : to raise and tilt forward in salute
  • tipped his hat
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

Origin and Etymology of tip

Middle English

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tip

noun
1 : the act or an instance of tipping : tilt
2 chiefly British : a place for depositing something (such as rubbish) by dumping

First Known Use of tip

1673

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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tip

noun
1 : the usually pointed end of something
  • a pencil tip
2 : a small piece or part serving as an end, cap, or point

tipped

play \ˈtipt\ adjective
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

Origin and Etymology of tip

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

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tip

verb
tipped; tipping
1 a : 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

Origin and Etymology of tip

Middle English tipped having a tip, from 3tip

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tip

verb
tipped; tipping
1 : to strike lightly : tap
2 : to give (something, such as a baseball) a glancing blow

First Known Use of tip

1567

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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tip

noun
: a light touch or blow

Origin and Etymology of tip

Middle English tippe; akin to Low German tippen to tap

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tip

noun
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

Origin and Etymology of tip

origin unknown

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tip

verb
tipped; tipping
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 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 be
  • Newsweek

First Known Use of tip

1883

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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tip

verb
tipped; tipping
1 : to give a gratuity to
2 : give, present
  • this crew has tipped you the black spot
  • —R. L. Stevenson
: to bestow a gratuity

Origin and Etymology of tip

perhaps from 5tip

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tip

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

First Known Use of tip

1755

in the meaning defined above

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TIP Defined for Kids

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tip

noun \ ˈtip \
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

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tip

verb
tipped; tipping
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.

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tip

noun
: a piece of useful or secret information

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tip

noun
: a small sum of money given for a service

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tip

verb
tipped; tipping
: to give a small sum of money for a service
  • We tipped the waiter.

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tip

verb
tipped; tipping
1 : to attach an end or point to
2 : to cover or decorate the tip of

Law Dictionary

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tip

noun
1 : information provided to the police or authorities regarding crime
2 : a piece of inside information especially of advantage in securities trading

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tip

transitive verb
tipped; tipping
: to provide a tip to or about often used with off

tipper

noun


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