tip·​ster | \ ˈtip-stər How to pronounce tipster (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Prosecutors said a tipster flagged Khater's LinkedIn page to investigators, who then contacted his former colleague in State College, Pennsylvania. Clare Hymes, Justin Carissimo, CBS News, "Two arrested in assault on police officer who died after Capitol riot," 16 Mar. 2021 The tipster said Tanios is the owner of Sandwich University, a fast-food restaurant in Morgantown. Clare Hymes, Justin Carissimo, CBS News, "Two arrested in assault on police officer who died after Capitol riot," 16 Mar. 2021 Police said an anonymous tipster led them to the suspects. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "Dallas Police Chief Eddie García calls for end to war of words over decision to keep officer accused of murder on duty," 6 Mar. 2021 Police said an anonymous tipster led them to Kidd, who was already in custody at the time, and who later told them Kilpatrick had forced Saenz into a vehicle. Washington Post, "Dallas hitmen kidnapped and killed two people, authorities said. A police officer allegedly hired them to do it.," 5 Mar. 2021 City officials say other cities have expressed interest in copying the tipster app, which lets residents report potholes, graffiti and 50 other nuisances or problems. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego inking corporate deals worth as much as $4.5M, including sale of tipster app to other cities," 23 Feb. 2021 The Spring man was arrested on Jan. 15 after a tipster showed police photos and video from Loller's Facebook account of him inside the Capitol confronting Metropolitan police officers, a statement of facts said. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, "North Texas real estate agent among 23 Texans facing charges in connection with Capitol riot," 5 Feb. 2021 McCaughey was later identified by federal investigators from information provided by a tipster who recognized the suspect in a video. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "Riot suspect charged in 'vicious' officer assault; suspects rounded up as Biden sworn in at Capitol," 21 Jan. 2021 Later last week, when the FBI released photos in hopes of getting the intruders identified, a tipster called the FBI National Threat Operation Center to report Black was among the rioters sought. Carol Robinson |, al, "Joshua Black, Alabama man arrested for storming Capitol, says he was shot in face defending police," 21 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of tipster

1862, in the meaning defined above

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4 Apr 2021

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“Tipster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tipster

: a person who gives useful information to someone


tip·​ster | \ ˈtip-stər How to pronounce tipster (audio) \

Legal Definition of tipster

: one who provides a tip to the police

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