tip

1 of 10

verb (1)

tipped; tipping

transitive verb

1
: overturn, upset
usually used with over
2
b
: to raise and tilt forward in salute
tipped his hat

intransitive verb

1
: to become tipped : topple
2
: lean, slant

tip

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noun (1)

1
: the act or an instance of tipping : tilt
2
chiefly British : a place for depositing something (such as rubbish) by dumping

tip

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noun (2)

1
: the usually pointed end of something
a pencil tip
2
: a small piece or part serving as an end, cap, or point
tipped adjective

tip

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verb (2)

tipped; tipping

transitive verb

1
a
: to furnish with a tip
b(1)
: to cover or adorn the tip of
(2)
: to blend (furs) for improved appearance by brushing the tips of the hair with dye
2
: to affix (an insert) in a book
often used with in
3
: to remove the ends of
tip raspberries

tip

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verb (3)

tipped; tipping

transitive verb

1
: to strike lightly : tap
2
: to give (something, such as a baseball) a glancing blow

tip

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noun (3)

: a light touch or blow

tip

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noun (4)

1
: a piece of advice or expert or authoritative information
2
: a piece of advance or confidential information given by one thought to have access to special or inside sources

tip

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verb (4)

tipped; tipping

transitive verb

1
: to impart a piece of information or advice about or to
often used with off
2
chiefly British : to mention as a likely candidate, prospective winner, or profitable investment : tout sense 1

tip

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verb (5)

tipped; tipping

transitive verb

1
: to give a gratuity to
2
: give, present
this crew has tipped you the black spotR. L. Stevenson

intransitive verb

: to bestow a gratuity

tip

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noun (5)

: a gift or a sum of money tendered for a service performed or anticipated : gratuity
Phrases
tip the scales
1
: to register weight
tips the scales at 285 pounds
2
: to shift the balance of power or influence
tipped the scales in favor of a declaration of warS. F. Bemis
on the tip of one's tongue
1
: about to be uttered
it was on the tip of my tongue to say exactly what I thought
2
: just eluding recall
tip one's hand or less commonly tip one's mitt
: to declare one's intentions or reveal one's opinions or resources
the Justice Department wouldn't tip its hand by saying what its next move … would beNewsweek

Examples of tip in a Sentence

Verb (1) be careful because if you tip your cup any more, you'll spill your tea Noun (1) she didn't say anything but just acknowledged our presence with a tip of her head you simply cannot dispose of leftover petrol at the tip Noun (2) the tip of a knitting needle Noun (4) got some tips from a horticulturist on how to get my violets to bloom investigators are trying to determine whether the investor illegally received a tip that the company's stock was about to plunge Noun (5) gave our waiter an extra large tip for such fantastic service a customer who always gives his paper carrier a very generous tip at Christmastime
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
For the customer in America today, the most common tip amount is 15% to 20%. Harriette Cole, The Mercury News, 15 May 2024 Unfortunately, many scam artists target tourists and travelers, so be sure to follow these tips. Janelle Holland, Kansas City Star, 15 May 2024 To celebrate its two years, a limited birthday menu will be offered throughout May, which will include new cocktails, brunch offerings (like a chorizo eggs Benedict), new tapas (a hat tip to the sisters’ Spanish heritage), and sweet cinnamon nachos. Brock Keeling, Orange County Register, 14 May 2024 There is also a smaller necklace that is no less ornate or extravagant: a large butterfly hanging at the tip of one of its wings from a cartoonishly large cable chain worn close to the clavicle. Julissa James, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2024 Rainy weather driving tips • Switch on headlights — Even during daylight hours, using headlights can enhance visibility and signal your presence to other drivers. Star-Telegram Bot, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 12 May 2024 Whole ramps are sliced thin from bulb to leaf tip and sautéed in olive oil before being cooked down with vinegar for bite and sugar for sweetness. Hugh Acheson, Saveur, 3 May 2024 At the end of the month, Pewaukee police got an anonymous tip about an underage drinking party. Ashley Luthern, Journal Sentinel, 2 May 2024 Each animal in the guidebook came with a quick list of its light and dark qualities, plus some tips from Krans on how to play off their archetypal traits for better living. Simone Wilson, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2024
Verb
The stroller with his twin grandchildren, at that time almost 2, was thrown up in the air and tipped onto its side. Sarah Freishtat, Chicago Tribune, 16 May 2024 As Russia has made gains on the battlefield, that could tip the scales in Putin’s favor. Stephanie Yang, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2024 Americans are often unclear on when to tip stateside, let alone what customs apply in France. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 14 May 2024 State officials were tipped to the presence of bighead carp at Jack B. Tomlinson Park by an angler, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said in a news release Monday. Katie Langford, The Denver Post, 13 May 2024 But now, beer-drinking Brits face a new and increasingly frequent quandary—to tip or not to tip. Anthony Palazzo, Fortune Europe, 10 May 2024 In California, people can also tip off the California Department of Public Health by submitting a consumer complaint. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2024 Before the game tipped off, Arenas, 42, criticized Gobert, who was named Defensive Player of the Year on May 7, for his absence. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 8 May 2024 Men feel pressured to tip higher more often than women (28% vs. 25%). Betty Lin-Fisher, USA TODAY, 7 May 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Verb (1)

Middle English

Noun (2)

Middle English; akin to Middle High German zipf tip, Old English tæppa tap — more at tap entry 3

Verb (2)

Middle English tipped having a tip, from tip entry 3

Noun (3)

Middle English tippe; akin to Low German tippen to tap

Noun (4)

origin unknown

Verb (5)

perhaps from tip entry 5

First Known Use

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (1)

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (3)

1567, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (3)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (4)

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (4)

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (5)

circa 1610, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

Noun (5)

1755, in the meaning defined above

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

Dictionary Entries Near tip

Cite this Entry

“Tip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tip. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

tip

1 of 10 verb
tipped; tipping
1
: turn over sense 1a
tipped over a glass
2
: to bend from a straight position : slant
the bench tips on the uneven floor
3
: to raise and tilt forward
tipped his hat

tip

2 of 10 noun
: the act or an instance of tipping
a tip of the hat

tip

3 of 10 verb
tipped; tipping
1
: to attach a tip to
2
: to cover or decorate the tip of

tip

4 of 10 noun
1
: the pointed or rounded end of something
2
: a small piece or part serving as an end, cap, or point
tipped adjective

tip

5 of 10 noun
: a light touch or blow : tap

tip

6 of 10 verb
tipped; tipping
: to hit a baseball so that it glances off the bat

tip

7 of 10 noun
: a piece of useful or secret information given
got a tip on how to prepare for the test

tip

8 of 10 verb
tipped; tipping
: to give useful or secret information to
someone must have tipped them off

tip

9 of 10 verb
tipped; tipping
: to give a tip to
tip the waiter

tip

10 of 10 noun
: a small sum of money given for a service
Etymology

Verb

Middle English tipen "to upset, overturn"

Noun

Middle English tip "a pointed end"

Noun

Middle English tippe "a light touch or blow"

Noun

origin unknown

Verb

probably derived from earlier tip (verb) "to strike lightly"

Legal Definition

tip

1 of 2 noun
1
: information provided to the police or authorities regarding crime
2
: a piece of inside information especially of advantage in securities trading

tip

2 of 2 transitive verb
tipped; tipping
: to provide a tip to or about
often used with off
tipper noun

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