Tip meaning

tĭp
Tip means to give a small amount of money to someone who's given a service.

An example of to tip is giving ten dollars to a server at a restaurant in addition to the fifty dollars left for the meal.

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The definition of a tip is secret information or advice given to be helpful.

An example of a tip is a chef sharing a cooking secret with someone.

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A piece or an attachment, such as a cap or ferrule, meant to be fitted to the end of something else.

The barbed tip of a harpoon.

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An area or a place for dumping something, such as rubbish.
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A piece of secret information given confidentially in an attempt to be helpful.

A tip on the race.

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A suggestion, hint, warning, etc.
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A small sum of money, often a percentage of the total billed, given to a waiter, porter, etc. for services; gratuity.
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A deflection or tap of the ball, puck, etc., esp. one that scores a goal.
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To overturn or upset.
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To cause to tilt or slant.
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To raise slightly or touch the brim of (one's hat) in salutation.
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To tilt or slant.
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To overturn or topple.
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A tipping or being tipped; tilt; slant.
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A place for dumping rubbish, etc.; dump.
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(Trouble In Paradise) A freeware program from Gibson Research Corporation, Laguna Hills, CA (www.grc.com) that checks the health of Zip and Jaz drives. See click of death. See also tip and ring.
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The electrically positive (+) side of a cable pair.The tip side serves as the return path from the telephone to the central office (CO). See tip and ring.
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The extreme end of something, especially when pointed; e.g. the sharp end of a pencil. [From 15th c.]

The tip of one's nose.

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(music) The end of a bow of a stringed instrument that is not held.
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A piece of stiffened lining pasted on the inside of a hat crown.
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A thin, boarded brush made of camel's hair, used by gilders in lifting gold leaf.
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Rubbish thrown from a quarry.
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Tip is defined as the top or cap to something, or the end of a sharp tool.

An example of a tip is the highest pointed part of an iceberg.

An example of a tip is the end of screwdriver.

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The end of a pointed or projecting object.
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To furnish with a tip.
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To cover or decorate the tip of.

Tip strawberries with chocolate.

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To remove the tip of.

Tip artichokes.

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To dye the ends of (hair or fur) in order to blend or improve appearance.
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To push or knock over; overturn or topple.

Bumped the table and tipped a vase.

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To move to a slanting position; tilt.

Tipped the rearview mirror slightly downward; a weight that tipped the balance.

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To touch or raise (one's hat) in greeting.
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To topple over; overturn.

The trash can tipped over in the wind.

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To be tilted; slant.

The cabinet tipped toward the wall.

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The act of tipping.
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A tilt or slant; an incline.
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To strike gently; tap.
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To deflect or glance off. Used of a ball or puck.
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To tiptoe.
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A light blow; a tap.
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A pitched ball that is tipped.

A foul tip.

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A small sum of money given to someone for performing a service; a gratuity.
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To provide with a piece of confidential, advance, or inside information.

A disgruntled gang member who tipped the police to the planned robbery.

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To give tips or a tip.

One who tips lavishly.

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The pointed, tapering, or rounded end or top of something long and slim.
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Something attached to the end, as a cap, ferrule, etc.
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A top or apex, as of a mountain.
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To make a tip on.
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To cover the tip or tips of (with something)
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To serve as the tip of.
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To remove the stems from (berries, etc.)
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To strike lightly and sharply; tap.
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To give a small present of money to (a waiter, porter, etc.) for some service.
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To deflect or tap (a ball, puck, etc.) in a particular direction, esp. into a goal.
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To give a tip or tips.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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To provide with a tip; to cover the tip of. [From 15th c.]
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To knock over; to make fall down, to overturn. [From early 14th c.]
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(intransitive) To fall over. [From earlier 16th c.]
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(intransitive) To be, or come to be, in a tilted or sloping position; to become unbalanced. [From 17th c.]
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(slang, dated) To drink. [From 18th c.]
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To dump (refuse). [From 19th c.]
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(US) To pour a libation, particularly from a forty of malt liquor. [From 20th c.]
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To deflect with one"²s fingers, especially one"²s fingertips.
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An act of tipping up or tilting. [From 19th c.]
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(UK, Australia, New Zealand) 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.]
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(UK, Australia, New Zealand, by extension) A recycling centre.
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(colloquial) A very untidy place. [From 20th c.]
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The act of deflecting with one's fingers, especially the fingertips.
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(now rare) To hit quickly and lightly; to tap. [From later 15th c.]
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(now rare) A light blow or tap. [From later 16th c.]
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To give a small gratuity to, especially to an employee of someone who provides a service. [From early 18th c.]

In some cities waiters must be tipped.

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(thieves"² slang) To give, pass. [From early 17th c.]
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A gratuity; a small amount of money left for a bartender, waiter, taxi driver or other servant as a token of appreciation. [From mid-18th c.]
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A piece of private or secret information, especially imparted by someone with expert knowledge about sporting odds, business performance etc. [From mid-19th c.]
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To give a piece of private information to; to inform (someone) of a clue, secret knowledge, etc. [From later 19th c.]
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(African American Vernacular) A kick or phase; one's current habits or behaviour.
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(African American Vernacular) A particular arena or sphere of interest; a front.
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A light, sharp blow; tap.
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A piece of metal, fabric or other material used to cover the top of something for protection, utility or decoration. [From 15th c.]

A tip for an umbrella, a shoe, a gas burner, etc.

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tip of the iceberg
  • A small evident part or aspect of something largely hidden.
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tip (one's) hand
  • To reveal one's resources or intentions.
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tip the scales
  • To register weight (at a certain amount).
  • To offset the balance of a situation.
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tip in
  • To insert (a map, picture, etc.) by pasting along the inner edge in bookbinding.
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tip one's hand
  • To reveal a secret, one's plans, etc., often inadvertently.
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Origin of tip

  • From Middle English tippe a tap perhaps of Low German origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English tippen

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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. Compare Albanian thep (“tip, point").

    From Wiktionary

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

    From Wiktionary

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

    From Wiktionary

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

    From Wiktionary

  • Originally thieves' slang, of uncertain orign.

    From Wiktionary