tip·ster | \ ˈtip-stər \

Definition of tipster 

: one who gives or sells tips especially for gambling or speculation

Examples of tipster in a Sentence

An anonymous tipster reported the crime.

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Upon learning the allegations from the tipster, Sheriff Capers ordered his detective division to reopen the background investigation on Flynt. Vanesa Brashier, Houston Chronicle, "SJC deputy, former Humble PD officer arrested," 21 June 2018 McNeil was arrested in Phoenix after the tipster heard police were looking for him. Joshua Sharpe, ajc, "Teen booked on DeKalb murder charge after tipster turns him in," 19 June 2018 But the tipster suspected that one person was operating all of them, and that person was likely Mr. Colangelo. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "The Story of the Wife Who Defended Her Husband in a Way That Left Him Unemployed," 7 June 2018 The tipster said Costigan was in the Mountain View area, police spokesman MJ Thim said. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage police arrest suspect in homicide investigation," 7 Apr. 2018 The tipsters named 24 people, but not all of them had served on the SJC, according to the statement. Travis Andersen,, "Case of the mystery judge is solved," 29 Mar. 2018 Johnson County prosecutors said that an anonymous tipster reported Shonk to police. Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "Overland Park woman sentenced for selling shoplifted cosmetics online | The Kansas City Star," 28 Feb. 2018 Earlier Friday, a tipster called police to report alarming posts about Del Rey on Hunt's social media account, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Richard A. Webster,, "Woman missing from New Orleans East home, may be in need of medication: NOPD," 4 Feb. 2018 Acevedo also said the tipsters who first learned of the plot deserve credit for coming forward to alert police. Jared Gilmour, star-telegram, "Man kept getting tickets. He hired a hitman to kill the cop writing them, Houston police say," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of tipster

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tipster was in 1862

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English Language Learners Definition of tipster

: a person who gives useful information to someone


tip·ster | \ ˈtip-stər \

Legal Definition of tipster 

: one who provides a tip to the police

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