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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After interviewing the tipster, investigators interviewed a second person who has known Collier for decades, and that person also identified Collier as one of the men in surveillance images from the bank, the complaint shows. Laura Mcknight,, "New Orleans man accused of trying to rob Central City bank," 1 May 2018 Crime Stoppers tipsters are eligible for up to $2,000 if the information leads to an arrest and indictment in this case. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Gwinnett cops: Man threw rock through restaurant glass door to rob it," 6 July 2018 But according to the tipster himself, Mr. Papadopoulos said nothing about emails. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "The Curious Case of Mr. Downer," 31 May 2018 While the tipster was at the Ocoee Police Department, Oswald contacted him through a different app and sent him his current location, which was Central Park on Flewelling Avenue. Annie Martin,, "Man who posted about 'sexy boys' at Central Florida elementary school arrested, police say," 15 May 2018 Lancaster became angry, the tipster said, when he was pulled over and the car was taken by authorities. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis police make arrest in June 2017 triple homicide," 23 Feb. 2018 Anonymous tipsters can also contact San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477, or online at Alex Riggins,, "Police seek help to ID suspects in violent robbery on Barrio Logan trolley platform," 11 July 2018 An anonymous tipster called police the next day and identified the sketch as Cameron, who moved to Cleveland from New Mexico with her then-boyfriend in 2015, according to police. Cory Shaffer,, "Cleveland man gets 20 years for killing woman, stuffing her in garbage bag," 20 Mar. 2018 The tipster, whose name has not been released but is someone close to Cruz and his family, had a wealth of information to impart. Anchorage Daily News, "How a scrawny misfit turned into Florida’s worst school shooter," 26 Feb. 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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obstinately defiant of authority

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