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tip·​ple ˈti-pəl How to pronounce tipple (audio)
tippled; tippling ˈti-p(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce tipple (audio)

intransitive verb

: to drink liquor especially by habit or to excess

transitive verb

: to drink (liquor) especially continuously in small amounts
tippler noun


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noun (1)


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noun (2)

: a place where or an apparatus by which cars (as for coal) are loaded or emptied
: a coal-screening plant

Examples of tipple in a Sentence

Verb I do tipple now and then. Noun (1) a single-malt Scotch with a touch of water is his preferred tipple
Recent Examples on the Web
The legendary Doyle’s in Jamaica Plain, for example, which dated back to the 1880s and for years was a place where the political class tippled, is no more. Danny McDonald, BostonGlobe.com, 4 May 2023
Otherwise, relax in the lounge with a tipple and some board games, enjoy friendly conversation with other guests, or get to know the staff, who all have interesting stories. Christina Liao, Travel + Leisure, 8 May 2024 Strawberry Mojito Effervescent and slightly sweet, adding fresh strawberries to a mojito brings a berry freshness to this traditionally zesty tipple. Jillian Dara, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 Strawberry-Jalapeño Non-a-Rita (or Margarita) Need a booze-free tipple for your next Taco Tuesday? Anna Luisa Rodriguez, Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2024 This homemade tipple has taken over TikTok (and Sleepytime tea’s spot on many nightstands). Jocelyn Solis-Moreira, Scientific American, 16 Feb. 2024 Get the recipe > Brennan’s Brandy Milk Punch Along with the bloody mary, brandy milk punch is a New Orleans brunch mainstay (and one of our favorite holiday tipples). Saveur Editors, Saveur, 14 Feb. 2024 Simply Italian in a heart shape to enjoy with your tipples. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 13 Feb. 2024 After a busy day, make your way to the internal garden and relieve your tired hooves at the footbath, relax in the library with a book, or enjoy a tipple at the bar with a front-row seat to the beauty of Mt. Yotei. Christina Liao, Vogue, 30 Dec. 2023 The classic spiked dessert hides out for hours before the merrymaking begins, soaking up rum in a secluded cabinet to safeguard it from those who'd like to take a nibble—or from that one relative who'd prefer to add an extra tipple when no one is watching. Nicola Blaque, Southern Living, 11 Nov. 2023

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Word History



back-formation from obsolete tippler alehouse keeper, from Middle English tipler

Noun (2)

English dialect tipple to tip over, frequentative of English tip entry 1

First Known Use


1560, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (1)

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tipple was in 1560

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Cite this Entry

“Tipple.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tipple. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


tippled; tippling
: to drink liquor especially by habit

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