Tooltip meaning

(graphical user interface) An element of a graphical user interface in the form of a box of text that appears when a cursor is made to hover over an item; normally used to explain the function of the item.
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Origin of tooltip

  • tool +‎ tip, originally used with toolbars to provide a tip or hint as to what function each graphical icon represented. The term was introduced by Microsoft circa with Windows 95.

    From Wiktionary