tip

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verb (1)

tipped; tipping

transitive verb

1
: overturn, upset
usually used with over
2
b
: to raise and tilt forward in salute
tipped his hat

intransitive verb

1
: to become tipped : topple
2
: lean, slant

tip

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noun (1)

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

tip

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noun (2)

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

tip

4 of 10

verb (2)

tipped; tipping

transitive verb

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

tip

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verb (3)

tipped; tipping

transitive verb

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

tip

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noun (3)

: a light touch or blow

tip

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noun (4)

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

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verb (4)

tipped; tipping

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

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verb (5)

tipped; tipping

transitive verb

1
: to give a gratuity to
2
: give, present
this crew has tipped you the black spotR. L. Stevenson

intransitive verb

: to bestow a gratuity

tip

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noun (5)

: a gift or a sum of money tendered for a service performed or anticipated : gratuity
Phrases
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 warS. F. Bemis
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 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

Examples of tip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Here are seven tips to build privacy program adherence and awareness across your company. Jodi Daniels, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 Follow these safety tips to keep your device free from browser hijackers: 1) Ensure that every extension downloaded is from a reputable source like the following: Apple Safari: Extensions for Safari can be downloaded from the Apple App Store. Kurt Knutsson, Cyberguy Report, Fox News, 20 Feb. 2024 For your green thumb, find tips for saving money on houseplants and how to keep your plants alive longer. Kelly Conaboy, Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2024 Anyone with information in this case is asked to immediately contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 936-327-6810 or submit an anonymous tip online. Rosa Flores, CNN, 19 Feb. 2024 Prior to that, Boyce painstakingly applied tiny silver balls to the tips of Fox's red French manicure, a process that took an hour to complete. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 19 Feb. 2024 Pro tip: Style it with boots and a jacket in the spring and then with just sandals in summer. Taylor Jean Stephan, Peoplemag, 17 Feb. 2024 Investigators quickly began to receive tips that Telles also had a car that looked like this, which was registered to his wife. Megan Brown, CBS News, 17 Feb. 2024 Anyone with information about the wreck can call the California Highway Patrol’s Contra Costa office at 925-646-4980, or send tips to 320investigations@chp.ca.gov. Jakob Rodgers, The Mercury News, 7 Feb. 2024
Verb
The most remarkable lowlight came when armed law enforcement officers swarmed the cast's sprinter van looking for Shah, who'd been tipped off and fled the scene. Nigel Smith, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 As a local telecommunications company and vitamin manufacturer began pulling their advertising campaigns featuring Lee, questions circulated about who had tipped off the media about his trip to the station. Max Kim, Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2024 Then, tip the bottle and pour wine by releasing the trigger on the opener. Maya Polton, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Feb. 2024 Google is hoping this bundling of Gemini with other products will tip consumers toward subscribing to its AI services instead of OpenAI’s or Microsoft’s. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 8 Feb. 2024 In any case the line has tipped from 2 to 1 1/2 points. Greg Cote, Miami Herald, 8 Feb. 2024 In November, a server at a West Hollywood hotel took aim at Brittany Mahomes for not tipping any of the staff during a days-long stay, the Daily Mail and Page Six reported. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, 31 Jan. 2024 The tech industry in particular has seen tightening rules as the market soured and the risk of job cuts has tipped the scale in favor of employers. Brody Ford, Fortune, 29 Jan. 2024 Because in the real world, we don’t get tipped for doing our job. David Harsanyi, National Review, 25 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of tip was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near tip

Cite this Entry

“Tip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tip. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

tip

1 of 10 verb
tipped; tipping
1
: turn over sense 1a
tipped over a glass
2
: to bend from a straight position : slant
the bench tips on the uneven floor
3
: to raise and tilt forward
tipped his hat

tip

2 of 10 noun
: the act or an instance of tipping
a tip of the hat

tip

3 of 10 verb
tipped; tipping
1
: to attach a tip to
2
: to cover or decorate the tip of

tip

4 of 10 noun
1
: the pointed or rounded end of something
2
: a small piece or part serving as an end, cap, or point
tipped adjective

tip

5 of 10 noun
: a light touch or blow : tap

tip

6 of 10 verb
tipped; tipping
: to hit a baseball so that it glances off the bat

tip

7 of 10 noun
: a piece of useful or secret information given
got a tip on how to prepare for the test

tip

8 of 10 verb
tipped; tipping
: to give useful or secret information to
someone must have tipped them off

tip

9 of 10 verb
tipped; tipping
: to give a tip to
tip the waiter

tip

10 of 10 noun
: a small sum of money given for a service
Etymology

Verb

Middle English tipen "to upset, overturn"

Noun

Middle English tip "a pointed end"

Noun

Middle English tippe "a light touch or blow"

Noun

origin unknown

Verb

probably derived from earlier tip (verb) "to strike lightly"

Legal Definition

tip

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

tip

2 of 2 transitive verb
tipped; tipping
: to provide a tip to or about
often used with off
tipper noun

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