tipster

noun
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 According to the affidavit, authorities spoke with a tipster who reported seeing a woman believed to be Broussard getting into a car at her apartment complex with her baby and another woman on Dec. 11 or Dec. 12. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "Tx. Woman Accused of Kidnapping Slain Best Friend and Newborn Allegedly Pretended Baby Was Hers," 6 Jan. 2020 It is required by state law that tipsters remain anonymous. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Got a tip? Here's what Crime Stoppers will do with it," 23 Feb. 2018 Paul attempted to ask a question during the impeachment trial last week that named the anonymous tipster — but the question was rejected by Chief Justice John Roberts. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Former CIA director: Rand Paul is 'beneath contempt' for reading whistleblower question," 5 Feb. 2020 An anonymous tipster sent The Arizona Republic and other news organizations a stack of intimate and personal letters last month that Cook allegedly wrote to the lobbyist, AnnaMarie Knorr. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Complaints filed against Rep. David Cook amid questions of potential conflict of interest," 4 Feb. 2020 Homoki shot two videos from a corner room in the Sofia Hotel, with a view of the San Diego federal courthouse, in March, but authorities were unaware until an unknown tipster alerted the FBI on Nov. 30, according to a search warrant affidavit. CBS News, "Bail set at $1 million for man who made simulated videos of mass shooting from hotel room," 10 Dec. 2019 Homoki shot two videos from a corner room in the Sofia Hotel, with a view of the San Diego federal courthouse, in March, but authorities were unaware until an unknown tipster alerted the FBI on Nov. 30, according to a search warrant affidavit. Washington Post, "Author of simulated video of mass shooting pleads not guilty," 10 Dec. 2019 Special Agent Terry Kelley, of the DPS Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division, said the investigation and eventual confiscation of the device was kicked off by an anonymous tipster. Matthew Guerry, Twin Cities, "Alcohol vaping machine confiscated from Dakota County bar; health risks unclear," 30 Oct. 2019 Those posts caught the attention of an anonymous tipster who let authorities know two days before the Walmart incident that Mohammed seemed to be poised to take some action and had recently been fired from his job at a local Quickies restaurant. Curt Anderson, sun-sentinel.com, "‘We are coming for you Trump’: Man accused of trying to slash Walmart employee in Fort Lauderdale threatened president, feds say," 30 July 2019

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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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25 Feb 2020

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“Tipster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tipster. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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tipster

noun
How to pronounce tipster (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of tipster

: a person who gives useful information to someone

tipster

noun
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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