From Middle English sippen, of uncertain origin. Compare with Low German sippen (“to sip”). Possibly from a variant of Middle English suppen (“to drink, sip”) (see sup) or perhaps from Old English sipian, sypian (“to take in moisture, soak, macerate”), from Proto-Germanic *sipōną (“to drip, trickle”), from Proto-Indo-European *seyb- (“to pour out, trickle, leak out”). Compare also Old High German supfen (“to drink, sip”), from Proto-Germanic *sūpaną (“to sip, intake”).
sip (plural sips)
- A small mouthful of drink
sip (third-person singular simple present sips, present participle sipping, simple past and past participle sipped)
- (transitive) To drink slowly, small mouthfuls at a time.
- (intransitive) To drink a small quantity.
- To taste the liquor of; to drink out of.
- (Scotland, US, dated) Alternative form of seep
- (figuratively) to consume slowly — (usually) in contrast to faster consumption, (sometimes) in contrast to zero consumption