\ ˈsip How to pronounce sip (audio) \
sipped; sipping; sips

Definition of sip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to take a sip of something especially repeatedly And, sipping on the beer, he remembered romantic days of yore …— John Nichols I boil some tea with the salty hut water and sit outside sipping away for a while watching a blanket of stars unfold …— Clarissa Hirst

transitive verb

1 : to drink (something) in small quantities On crowded, bustling Broadway there is a spot where one may sip espresso …The New York Times Northern bats are more likely to eat insects than to sip nectar …— Ann Lovejoy
2 : to take sips from (something) sip complimentary glasses of Champagne.— Harvey Steiman


plural sips

Definition of sip (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a small amount of liquid taken into the mouth with the lips Jimmy wriggled himself into a more comfortable position, and took a sip from his glass.— P. G. Wodehouse It's enormously complex, revealing new facets with every sip.Wine Enthusiast Magazine
2 : the act of sipping Jews traditionally begin their weekly Sabbath meal with a sip of wine and a Hebrew prayer …— Jeff Morgan

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Other Words from sip


sipper noun

Examples of sip in a Sentence

Verb She sipped her coffee while she watched the sun rise. He sipped on the bottle of water. Noun there are a few sips left in the glass
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To sip an espresso indoors at a cafe in Paris, a person will need to provide proof of vaccination or a fresh negative coronavirus test, for which unvaccinated people will have to pay beginning Friday. Arkansas Online, 13 Oct. 2021 Guests can sip Champagne at brunch on Christmas Day while enjoying the opulent decorations and open presents in their beachfront suites. Teresa Bergen, Travel + Leisure, 16 Sep. 2021 And those who stay at Hotel Solar de las Animas can sip cocktails at the foot of a volcano in Tequila, Mexico. Regan Stephens, Fortune, 30 June 2021 Del Mar Social Club is another outdoor garden party event but on the resort’s front lawn, where guests can sip cocktails at communal tables, play lawn games, reserve a cabana or fire pit and, on July 3, watch a fireworks show. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 June 2021 On the porch side, a bar allows people to sit, sip, and chat. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 27 Sep. 2021 His father would sometimes sip from a flask mid-performance without missing a beat., 22 Sep. 2021 This week's something to sip on is a drink in celebration of one of the brightest stars to ever grace our universe. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 4 Sep. 2021 During these tea times, guests can sip Smith Tea selections and gin cocktails like . Brittany Anas, Forbes, 29 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But those who wanted the very first sip of Christmas Ale in 2021 had to be at the brewpub on Thursday to order a pint. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 21 Oct. 2021 At first sip, the cocktail tasted floral with herbal notes of the green chartreuse shining through. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 14 Oct. 2021 At Tu Casa Mexican Restaurant on Lincoln Avenue, it's served in an oversized mug, and Tajin lines the rim of the glass to add spice to your sip. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Sep. 2021 From the first sip to an empty glass was no more than a minute. Joshuah Bearman, Vulture, 25 Aug. 2021 This is followed by toasted oak, nutmeg and cinnamon, ripe cherries, vanilla, and honey almond on the palate, with a spicy finish in the back of your throat as your sip reaches its conclusion. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 20 Aug. 2021 After my first sip, though, my worries were put to bed. Bon Appétit, 13 Aug. 2021 Every now and then, a wine can put a smile on your face and ignite a party with the first sip. Washington Post, 9 July 2021 Grinding beans is necessary for brewing a superior cup of coffee, but all the effort happens before you’ve had that precious first sip of caffeine. Leah Koenig, Forbes, 29 June 2021

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First Known Use of sip


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1633, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for sip


Middle English sippen; akin to Low German sippen to sip

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“Sip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for sip



English Language Learners Definition of sip

: to drink (a liquid) slowly by taking only small amounts into your mouth


\ ˈsip How to pronounce sip (audio) \
sipped; sipping

Kids Definition of sip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to take small drinks of



Kids Definition of sip (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of taking a small drink
2 : a small amount taken by sipping

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