tip·​ster ˈtip-stər How to pronounce tipster (audio)
: 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 identified Bradley as one of the men, according to an FBI affidavit filed with the Middle Georgia U.S. District Court Friday. Chris Joyner, ajc, 8 Sep. 2023 Sumter County officials said that the tipster did not reside in the county and provided third-hand information. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 1 Sep. 2023 Local governments offered rewards to tipsters who reported offenders, who in turn would be fined. Max Kim, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2023 As of 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission has awarded $1.3 billion to 328 financial tipsters since 2010 — most of that in the past three years. The Week Staff, The Week, 21 May 2023 He was identified on video by a tipster who had served with him in the Marine Corps, according to the FBI. Tony Holt, Arkansas Online, 4 May 2023 Thursday night, a tipster alerted the commission that work was being performed. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 21 Aug. 2023 The tipster, Richard Clarence Powell, told investigators that a briefcase buried there contained evidence of Hoffa’s death including a syringe used to inject drugs or poison. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, 30 July 2023 Anonymous tipsters identified Christmas and Pittman as possible suspects. Dan Morse, Washington Post, 14 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tipster was in 1862

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Cite this Entry

“Tipster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

Legal Definition


tip·​ster ˈtip-stər How to pronounce tipster (audio)
: one who provides a tip to the police

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