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

One tipster received $50 million in March, and another received $39 million in September, according to the SEC. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, "SEC Grants $50 Million Award to Two JPMorgan Whistleblowers," 28 Mar. 2019 Though many tipsters remain anonymous, plenty of roommates are happy to have their Instagram handles tagged by their favorite page as a form of payment for their contributions. Kara Brown, Marie Claire, "Our Lady of Shade," 1 Mar. 2019 The Times began looking into Trump’s draft record anew when an anonymous tipster suggested that a podiatrist who was a commercial tenant of Fred Trump’s had provided the medical documentation. Steve Eder, The Seattle Times, "Did a Queens podiatrist help Donald Trump avoid Vietnam?," 26 Dec. 2018 Chaney, 26, was arrested Monday after an anonymous tipster led police to a Gwinnett County apartment complex parking lot, where Chaney was found, Channel 2 reported. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Cops: Drunken Gwinnett mom had empty wine bottle in backseat with 1-year-old," 29 May 2018 Williams was arrested after surveillance images of the bank robber circulated in the media, prompting an anonymous tipster to call the FBI and identify the robber as Williams. Laura Mcknight,, "Man sentenced to nearly 6 years in Mid-City bank robbery," 7 Feb. 2018 Days later, on Nov. 2, a package arrived for the woman, just as the tipster had predicted. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "‘Harm is coming:’ New York man terrorized girlfriend and her sorority after breakup | Miami Herald," 27 Mar. 2018 The tipster, Mikel Smith, was also from the Francisville neighborhood. Mensah M. Dean,, "3 charged, none convicted: Why a North Philly murder remains unsolved," 29 May 2018 The tipster offered no names, but The Times used old city directories, held by the New York Public Library, and interviews with Queens podiatrists to identify Larry Braunstein. Steve Eder, The Seattle Times, "Did a Queens podiatrist help Donald Trump avoid Vietnam?," 26 Dec. 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 How to pronounce tipster (audio) \

Legal Definition of tipster

: one who provides a tip to the police

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