tip·​pet ˈti-pət How to pronounce tippet (audio)
: a long hanging end of cloth attached to a sleeve, cap, or hood
: a shoulder cape of fur or cloth often with hanging ends
: a long black scarf worn over the robe by Anglican clergymen during morning and evening prayer
fishing : a short length of material (such as gut, nylon, or horsehair) attached at the thinnest end of a tapered leader (see leader sense 1e(2)) and used to secure an artificial fly

Examples of tippet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Line class, tippet class, and length records for Florida-strain fish will still be eligible for records in the largemouth bass category. Sage Marshall, Field & Stream, 19 June 2024 The second reason for tippets is to accommodate different sizes of flies. Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 However, a short section of fluorocarbon tippet at the end of the leader can help sink a fly just below the surface when fishing emerger or cripple patterns. Morgan Lyle, Field & Stream, 13 July 2023 Ben Christensen hooked the 31.55-pound catfish while casting an olive-colored creek damsel fly on 12-pound tippet with a 4-weight rod in the Pedernales River. Pete Thomas, USA TODAY, 21 Oct. 2021 Simply slide the notched cylinder down the tippet to the fly and twist your wrist, freeing the hook. Greg Thomas, Outside Online, 27 May 2022 The Beartooth Package includes the rod, rod tube, rod sock, line, line holder, flies, and tippet. Necee Regis, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Jan. 2023 Basic gear like nippers, forceps to pinch barbs or remove hooks, tippet to attach new flies to the leader, and some good wading or water shoes are good to have. Outside Online, 9 May 2022 Use a 7- or 8-weight rod, matching floating line with an 8-foot leader including a 2-foot bite tippet of 20-pound fluorocarbon or monofilament. Bill May, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 21 Nov. 2021

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Word History


Middle English tipet

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Tippet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tippet. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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tip·​pet ˈtip-ət How to pronounce tippet (audio)
: a long hanging part of a garment (as on a sleeve or cape)
: a shoulder cape usually with hanging ends

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