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Meaning of tip by Wiktionary Dictionary

Tip


    Pronunciation

    • ( UK, US ) IPA: /tɪp/
    • Rhymes: -ɪp

    Etymology 1

    Circa 1225. Not recorded in Old English or Old Norse, but apparently cognate with Dutch tip, East Frisian tip, Danish tip, Swedish tipp. Perhaps cognate with Old English tæppa .

    Noun

    tip ( plural: tips )

    1. The extreme top of something, especially when pointed; e.g. the sharp end of a pencil. [from 15th c.]
    2. A piece of metal, fabric or other material used to cover the top of something for protection, utility or decoration. [from 15th c.]

    Verb

    to tip ( third-person singular simple present tips present participle tipping, simple past and past participle tipped )

    1. ( transitive ) To provide with a tip; to cover the tip of. [from 15th c.]

    Etymology 2

    Possibly from Scandinavian, or a special use of Etymology 1 .

    Verb

    to tip ( third-person singular simple present tips present participle tipping, simple past and past participle tipped )

    1. ( transitive ) To knock over; to make fall down, to overturn. [from early 14th c.]
    2. ( intransitive ) To fall over. [from earlier 16th c.]
    3. ( intransitive ) To be, or come to be, in a tilted or sloping position; to become unbalanced. [from 17th c.]
    4. ( transitive, slang, dated ) To drink. [from 18th c.]
    5. ( transitive ) To dump ( refuse ). [from 19th c.]
    6. ( US ) ( transitive ) To pour a libation, particularly from a forty of malt liquor. [from 20th c.]
      • 1993, DRS, “Gangsta Lean ( This Is For My Homies )”:
        I tip my 40 to your memory .
    Derived terms

    Noun

    tip ( plural: tips )

    1. ( skittles, obsolete ) The knocking over of a skittle. [from 17th c.]
    2. An act of tipping up or tilting. [from 19th c.]
    3. ( New Zealand, UK, Australian ) An area or a place for dumping something, such as rubbish or refuse, as from a mine; a heap ( see tipple ); a dump. [from 19th c.]
    4. ( colloquial ) A very untidy place. [from 20th c.]

    Etymology 3

    Of uncertain origin; apparently cognate with Dutch tippen, German tippen, Swedish tippa .

    Verb

    to tip ( third-person singular simple present tips present participle tipping, simple past and past participle tipped )

    1. ( now rare ) To hit quickly and lightly; to tap. [from later 15th c.]

    Noun

    tip ( plural: tips )

    1. ( now rare ) A light blow or tap. [from later 16th c.]

    Etymology 4

    Originally thieves' slang, of uncertain orign .

    Verb

    to tip ( third-person singular simple present tips present participle tipping, simple past and past participle tipped )

    1. ( thieves' slang ) To give, pass. [from early 17th c.]
    2. To give a small gratuity to, especially to an employee of someone who provides a service. [from early 18th c.]

    Noun

    tip ( plural: tips )

    1. An example of this; now generally a small amount of money left for a bartender, waiter, taxi driver or other servant as a token of appreciation. [from mid-18th c.]
    Synonyms

    Etymology 5

    Probably from to tip ( “give, pass” ) or to tip ( “tap” ), or a combination of the two .

    Noun

    tip ( plural: tips )

    1. A piece of private or secret information, especially imparted by someone with expert knowledge about sporting odds, business performance etc. [from mid-19th c.]
    Derived terms

    Verb

    to tip ( third-person singular simple present tips present participle tipping, simple past and past participle tipped )

    1. To give a piece of private information to; to inform ( someone ) of a clue, secret knowledge, etc. [from later 19th c.]
    Derived terms

    Anagrams

    • pit, PIT
    • tpi, TPI


Explanation of tip by Wordnet Dictionary

Tip


    Verb
    1. remove the tip from

    2. tip artichokes
    3. mark with a tip

    4. tip the arrow with the small stone
    5. give insider information or advise to

    6. He tipped off the police about the terrorist plot
    7. strike lightly

    8. walk on one's toes

    9. to incline or bend from a vertical position

    10. cause to tilt

    11. tip the screen upward
    12. cause to topple or tumble by pushing

    13. give a tip or gratuity to in return for a service, beyond the compensation agreed on

    14. Remember to tip the waiter
    Noun
    1. an indication of potential opportunity

    2. he got a tip on the stock market
    3. the top or extreme point of something ( usually a mountain or hill )

    4. they clambered to the tip of Monadnock
    5. the extreme end of something

    6. a relatively small amount of money given for services rendered ( as by a waiter )

    7. a V shape



    Definition of tip by GCIDE Dictionary

    Tip


    1. Tip n. [Akin to D. & Dan. tip, LG. & Sw. tipp, G. zipfel, and probably to E. tap a plug, a pipe.]
      1. The point or extremity of anything; a pointed or somewhat sharply rounded end; the end; as, “the tip of the finger; the tip of a spear”.

      To the very tip of the nose. Shak.

      2. An end piece or part; a piece, as a cap, nozzle, ferrule, or point, applied to the extreme end of anything; as, “a tip for an umbrella, a shoe, a gas burner, etc.”

      3. ( Hat Manuf. ) A piece of stiffened lining pasted on the inside of a hat crown.

      4. A thin, boarded brush made of camel's hair, used by gilders in lifting gold leaf.

      5. Rubbish thrown from a quarry.

    2. Tip v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tipped ; p. pr. & vb. n. Tipping.] To form a point upon; to cover the tip, top, or end of; as, “to tip anything with gold or silver”.

      With truncheon tipped with iron head. Hudibras.

      Tipped with jet,

      Fair ermines spotless as the snows they press. Thomson.

    3. Tip, v. t. [Cf. LG. tippen to tap, Sw. tippa, and E. tap to strike gently.]
      1. To strike slightly; to tap.

      A third rogue tips me by the elbow. Swift.

      2. To bestow a gift, or douceur, upon; to give a present to; as, “to tip a servant”. [Colloq.] Thackeray.

      3. To lower one end of, or to throw upon the end; to tilt; as, “to tip a cask; to tip a cart”.

      To tip off, to pour out, as liquor. -- To tip over, to overturn. -- To tip the wink, to direct a wink; to give a hint or suggestion by, or as by, a wink. [Slang] Pope. -- To tip up, to turn partly over by raising one end.

    4. Tip, v. i. To fall on, or incline to, one side. Bunyan.

      To tip off, to fall off by tipping.

    5. Tip, n. [See Tip to strike slightly, and cf. Tap a slight blow.]
      1. A light touch or blow; a tap.

      2. A gift; a douceur; a fee. [Colloq.]

      3. A hint, or secret intimation, as to the chances in a horse race, or the like. [Sporting Cant]