tip

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verb (1)

tipped; tipping

transitive verb

1
: overturn, upset
usually used with over
2
b
: to raise and tilt forward in salute
tipped his hat

intransitive verb

1
: to become tipped : topple
2
: lean, slant

tip

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noun (1)

1
: the act or an instance of tipping : tilt
2
chiefly British : a place for depositing something (such as rubbish) by dumping

tip

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noun (2)

1
: the usually pointed end of something
a pencil tip
2
: a small piece or part serving as an end, cap, or point
tipped adjective

tip

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verb (2)

tipped; tipping

transitive verb

1
a
: to furnish with a tip
b(1)
: to cover or adorn the tip of
(2)
: to blend (furs) for improved appearance by brushing the tips of the hair with dye
2
: to affix (an insert) in a book
often used with in
3
: to remove the ends of
tip raspberries

tip

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verb (3)

tipped; tipping

transitive verb

1
: to strike lightly : tap
2
: to give (something, such as a baseball) a glancing blow

tip

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noun (3)

: a light touch or blow

tip

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noun (4)

1
: a piece of advice or expert or authoritative information
2
: a piece of advance or confidential information given by one thought to have access to special or inside sources

tip

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verb (4)

tipped; tipping

transitive verb

1
: to impart a piece of information or advice about or to
often used with off
2
chiefly British : to mention as a likely candidate, prospective winner, or profitable investment : tout sense 1

tip

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verb (5)

tipped; tipping

transitive verb

1
: to give a gratuity to
2
: give, present
this crew has tipped you the black spot R. L. Stevenson

intransitive verb

: to bestow a gratuity

tip

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noun (5)

: a gift or a sum of money tendered for a service performed or anticipated : gratuity
Phrases
tip the scales
1
: to register weight
tips the scales at 285 pounds
2
: to shift the balance of power or influence
tipped the scales in favor of a declaration of war S. F. Bemis
on the tip of one's tongue
1
: about to be uttered
it was on the tip of my tongue to say exactly what I thought
2
: just eluding recall
tip one's hand or less commonly tip one's mitt
: to declare one's intentions or reveal one's opinions or resources
the Justice Department wouldn't tip its hand by saying what its next move … would be Newsweek

Word History

Etymology

Verb (1)

Middle English

Noun (2)

Middle English; akin to Middle High German zipf tip, Old English tæppa tap — more at tap entry 3

Verb (2)

Middle English tipped having a tip, from tip entry 3

Noun (3)

Middle English tippe; akin to Low German tippen to tap

Noun (4)

origin unknown

Verb (5)

perhaps from tip entry 5

First Known Use

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (1)

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (3)

1567, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (3)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (4)

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (4)

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (5)

circa 1610, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

Noun (5)

1755, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tip was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near tip

Cite this Entry

“Tip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tip. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

tip 1 of 10

verb

tipped; tipping
1
: turn over sense 1a
tipped over a glass
2
: to bend from a straight position : slant
the bench tips on the uneven floor
3
: to raise and tilt forward
tipped his hat

tip

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noun

: the act or an instance of tipping
a tip of the hat

tip

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verb

tipped; tipping
1
: to attach a tip to
2
: to cover or decorate the tip of

tip

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noun

1
: the pointed or rounded end of something
2
: a small piece or part serving as an end, cap, or point
on the tip of one's tongue
1
: about to be uttered
2
: just escaping memory
tipped adjective

tip

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noun

: a light touch or blow : tap

tip

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verb

tipped; tipping
: to hit a baseball so that it glances off the bat

tip

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noun

: a piece of useful or secret information given
got a tip on how to prepare for the test

tip

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verb

tipped; tipping
: to give useful or secret information to
someone must have tipped them off

tip

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verb

tipped; tipping
: to give a tip to
tip the waiter

tip

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noun

: a small sum of money given for a service

Legal Definition

tip 1 of 2

noun

1
: information provided to the police or authorities regarding crime
2
: a piece of inside information especially of advantage in securities trading

tip

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transitive verb

tipped; tipping
: to provide a tip to or about
often used with off
tipper noun

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