Tip Definition

tĭp
tipped, tipping, tips
noun
tips
The pointed, tapering, or rounded end or top of something long and slim.
Webster's New World
Something attached to the end, as a cap, ferrule, etc.
Webster's New World
A top or apex, as of a mountain.
Webster's New World
The act of tipping.
American Heritage
A light, sharp blow; tap.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
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Antonyms:
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verb
tipped, tipping, tips
To serve as the tip of.
Webster's New World
To cover the tip or tips of (with something)
Webster's New World
To remove the stems from (berries, etc.)
Webster's New World
To empty (something) by overturning; dump.
American Heritage
To dye the ends of (hair or fur) in order to blend or improve appearance.
American Heritage
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other

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

Noun

Singular:
tip
Plural:
TIPS

Origin of Tip

  • 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

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

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

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

    From Wiktionary

  • Originally thieves' slang, of uncertain orign.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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

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