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 helpful tipster was successfully able to identify Compean's location, tracking him down on his laptop from miles away. NBC News, "Missing hiker found based on photo he texted from Los Angeles area mountains," 15 Apr. 2021 An anonymous tipster helped deputies solve the case by reporting seeing the crate in a home before it was found by the road. Tiffini Theisen,, "Man arrested after 26 dogs stuffed in crate, left to die on dirt road in Florida," 26 Apr. 2021 As deputies continue to investigate the hit-and-run collision that left a 71-year-old bicyclist seriously injured in San Marcos, authorities are offering a reward in hopes a tipster will step forward. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Reward offered as driver sought in San Marcos collision that seriously injured bicyclist, 71," 15 Apr. 2021 LaRose, a Republican, cited emails his office obtained from a tipster that suggested Sweda in a few instances had used her county email for political purposes, according to the Elyria Chronicle Telegram. cleveland, "New Ohio health order lifts limits on outdoor gatherings: Capitol Letter," 6 Apr. 2021 In recent years, most preemies transferred to the University of New Mexico Hospital for emergency intestinal surgery had come from Lovelace, one tipster said. Bryant Furlow, ProPublica, "I Received Tips to Look Into How a Hospital Treated Premature Babies. Getting Data Was Nearly Impossible.," 5 Apr. 2021 The tipster said the dog was in the Lauderdale Lakes area. Scott Travis,, "After intense search by owner, Chance the dog returned," 3 Apr. 2021 The tipster said the photo came from a relative of Hardin. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Ex-Salt Lake City police officer arrested for storming the U.S. Capitol," 2 Apr. 2021 The tipster also alerted the FBI to video from Bru’s Facebook page that showed him at or near the U.S. Capitol on that day. oregonlive, "Man arrested in Vancouver accused of storming U.S. Capitol and entering Senate Gallery on Jan. 6," 31 Mar. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'tipster.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of tipster

1862, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about tipster

Time Traveler for tipster

Time Traveler

The first known use of tipster was in 1862

See more words from the same year

Statistics for tipster

Last Updated

10 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Tipster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for tipster



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

More from Merriam-Webster on tipster

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for tipster

Comments on tipster

What made you want to look up tipster? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu jedi training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!