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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
As a tribute to the spirit of the town where The Wayback, a Marriott Tribute Portfolio Hotel, is located, Pigeon Forge, mixologist Javier Morales decided to shake up a twist on the classic grapefruit and tequila tipple. Karla Walsh, Southern Living, 16 July 2024 But when the weather warms up locals flock to The Shed on the roof for creative concoctions that include non-alcoholic and half-strength tipples. Vogue, 8 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for tipple 

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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 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


tippled; tippling
: to drink liquor especially by habit

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