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.

Recent Examples on the Web

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 To remain anonymous, tipsters can contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit Ben Brasch, ajc, "Gwinnett cops: Man threw rock through restaurant glass door to rob it," 6 July 2018 According to court documents, the tipster told police that Karpovich was a chronic gambler at Harrah’s Casino in North Kansas City. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Suspected bank robber arrested at casino in North Kansas City | The Kansas City Star," 23 Jan. 2018 Requests from undeserving reward seekers have slowed the pace of payments, potentially discouraging future tipsters. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "Bernie Madoff’s Legacy: Whistleblower Inc.," 8 Dec. 2018 Tech tipster Jane Manchun Wong tweeted screencaps of the unsend feature in use on Android (featuring a sticker from The Verge’s own Dami Lee!). Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Facebook is testing an unsend feature for Messenger," 12 Oct. 2018 It was not immediately known if the tipster is eligible for the reward. Fox News, "Unlicensed driver held in hit-and-run death of popular educator, authorities say," 22 Sep. 2018 The story originated from an anonymous tipster (eventually revealed to be clothing designer Dana Weems), who called Herald reporter Tom Fiedler just two weeks after Hart officially announced his presidential run. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The True Story of Gary Hart's Presidential Campaign Scandal in The Front Runner," 8 Nov. 2018 So Clout was surprised when a tipster told us the two power players were meeting on Tuesday for lunch at McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant across from City Hall. Chris Brennan,, "The Democratic establishment is standing behind Daylin Leach after #MeToo allegations | Clout," 15 June 2018

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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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a servile follower or underling

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