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

Definition of tipple

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to drink liquor especially by habit or to excess

transitive verb

: to drink (liquor) especially continuously in small amounts


noun (1)

Definition of tipple (Entry 2 of 3)


noun (2)

Definition of tipple (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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tippler \ ˈti-​p(ə-​)lər How to pronounce tippler (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for tipple

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of tipple in a Sentence

Verb I do tipple now and then.

First Known Use of tipple


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

History and Etymology for tipple


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

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The first known use of tipple was in 1560

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English Language Learners Definition of tipple

informal : to drink alcohol

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to spread as a report or rumor

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