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Definition tip

Etymology 1

From Middle English tip, typ, tippe, probably from an unrecorded Old English *typpa, *typpe, from Proto-Germanic *tuppijô, *tuppijǭ (“tip”), diminutive of *tuppaz (“top”). Cognate with Saterland Frisian Tip (“tip”), West Frisian tippe, tip (“tip”), Dutch tip (“tip”), German Low German Tip, Tippel (“tip”), dialectal German Zipf (“tip”) (diminutive Zipfel used in Standard German), Danish tip (“tip”), Swedish tipp (“tip”), Icelandic typpi (“knob, pin, penis”). Compare also Saterland Frisian Timpe (“tip”), West Frisian timpe (“tip”), Old English tæppa, Albanian thep (“tip, point”).

Noun

tip (plural tips)

  1. The extreme end 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.]
  3. (music) The end of a bow of a stringed instrument that is not held.
  4. (chiefly in the plural) A small piece of meat.
  5. A piece of stiffened lining pasted on the inside of a hat crown.
  6. A thin, boarded brush made of camel's hair, used by gilders in lifting gold leaf.
  7. Synonym of eartip (“part of earbuds”)
Verb

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

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

  1. (ergative) (To cause) to become knocked over, fall down or overturn. [(transitive) From early 14th c.] [(intransitive) From earlier 16th c.]
  2. (ergative) (To cause) to be, or come to be, in a tilted or sloping position; (to cause) to become unbalanced. [From 17th c.]
  3. (transitive, slang, dated) To drink. [From 18th c.]
  4. (transitive) To dump (refuse). [From 19th c.]
  5. (US, transitive) To pour a libation or a liquid from a container, particularly from a forty of malt liquor. [From 20th c.]
  6. (transitive) To deflect with one′s fingers, especially one′s fingertips.
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. (Britain, 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.]
  4. (Britain, Australia, New Zealand) Rubbish thrown from a quarry.
  5. (Britain, Australia, New Zealand, by extension) A recycling centre.
  6. (colloquial) A very untidy place. [From 20th c.]
  7. The act of deflecting with one's fingers, especially the fingertips

Etymology 3

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

Verb

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 origin.

Verb

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

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

tip (plural tips)

  1. 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.]

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.]
  2. A piece of advice.
Verb

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.]

Etymology 6

Noun

tip (plural tips)

  1. (African American Vernacular) A kick or phase; one's current habits or behaviour.
  2. (African American Vernacular) A particular arena or sphere of interest; a front.

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