tip·​py | \ ˈti-pē How to pronounce tippy (audio) \
tippier; tippiest

Definition of tippy

: liable to tip a tippy boat

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The Best of the Best: Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Sonic The DiamondClean Smart is way up at the tippy top of Sonicare's electric toothbrush lineup. Rachel Z. Arndt, Popular Mechanics, "The Quest for the Best Electric Toothbrush," 13 Nov. 2017 The top ten does not hold any big surprises, given the way finance and technology have been minting wealth of late: Harvard sits at the tippy top, followed by Penn, Stanford, NYU, Columbia, and MIT. Kevin Conley, Town & Country, "Harvard Doesn't Suck," 26 Sep. 2014 Yet even with the economy standing on tippy toes, prices and wages are climbing a lot more slowly than anyone has expected. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "E-Commerce Might Help Solve the Mystery of Low Inflation," 11 June 2018 In the fifth inning, Davis required getting on his tippy toes to snare a throw from Bregman. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Bad throws test Astros first baseman J.D. Davis," 5 Apr. 2018 What makes this prospect of diagnostic inflation so unsettling is that, from some distance, the development looks like a service to those in pain, a panacea from the tippy top of the system. John Ericson, Newsweek, "'A Pill for Every Ill'," 6 Feb. 2014 Come up to your tippy toes and squeeze your butt at full extension to complete one rep. Elizabeth Narins, Cosmopolitan, "4 Exercises to Do When You Haven't Worked Out in Forever," 15 Jan. 2016 We’re way past the low-hanging fruit, trying to build the tools and systems that will get us to the tippy-top of the tree. Ryan Bradley, Fortune, "The Desperate Search for the Next Great American Idea," 15 Dec. 2017 The first was an 11-yarder to Durham Smythe, who did his best ballerina impersonation to make the catch on his tippy toes to keep both feet in bounds and move the chains. Laken Litman, USA TODAY, "3 reasons Notre Dame football beat N.C. State, 35-14," 28 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of tippy

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tippy was in 1886

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to take the place or position of

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