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verb (used with object), tipped, tip·ping.

  1. to cause to assume a slanting or sloping position; incline; tilt.
  2. to overturn, upset, or overthrow (often followed by over).
  3. to remove or lift (one’s hat or cap) in salutation.
  4. British. to dispose of by dumping: The dustmen tipped the rubbish on the municipal dump.

verb (used without object), tipped, tip·ping.

  1. to assume a slanting or sloping position; incline.
  2. to tilt up at one end and down at the other; slant.
  3. to be overturned or upset: The car tipped into the ditch.
  4. to tumble or topple (usually followed by over): The lamp on the table tipped over.

noun

  1. the act of tipping.
  2. the state of being tipped.
  3. British.
    1. a dump for refuse, as that from a mine.
    2. Informal.an untidy place, especially a room: They must have packed and left in a rush, because the place is an absolute tip.

Idioms

  1. tip one’s hand, to reveal one’s plans, true feelings, etc., often unintentionally.

noun

  1. the extreme end of something, esp a narrow or pointed end
  2. the top or summit
  3. a small piece forming an extremity or enda metal tip on a cane

verb tips, tipping or tipped (tr)

  1. to adorn or mark the tip of
  2. to cause to form a tip

verb tips, tipping or tipped

  1. to tilt or cause to tilt
  2. (usually foll by over or up) to tilt or cause to tilt, so as to overturn or fall
  3. British to dump (rubbish, etc)
  4. tip one’s hat to take off, raise, or touch one’s hat in salutation

noun

  1. the act of tipping or the state of being tipped
  2. British a dump for refuse, etc

noun

  1. a payment given for services in excess of the standard charge; gratuity
  2. a helpful hint, warning, or other piece of information
  3. a piece of inside information, esp in betting or investing

verb tips, tipping or tipped

  1. to give a tip to (a person)

verb tips, tipping or tipped (tr)

  1. to hit or strike lightly
  2. to hit (a ball) indirectly so that it glances off the bat in cricket

noun

  1. a light blow
  2. a glancing hit in cricket

v.1“to slope, overturn,” c.1300, possibly from Scandinavian, or a special use of tip (n.). Intransitive sense of “fall over” is recorded from 1520s. Related: Tipped; tipping. Tipping point attested by 1972. n.“end, point, top,” early 13c., from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch tip “utmost point, extremity, tip” (cf. German zipfel, a diminutive formation); perhaps cognate with Old English tæppa “stopper” (see tap (n.)), from Proto-Germanic *tupp- “upper extremity.” Tip-top is from 1702. v.2“give a small present of money to,” c.1600, “to give, hand, pass,” originally thieves’ cant, perhaps from tip (v.3) “to tap.” The meaning “give a gratuity to” is first attested 1706. The noun in this sense is from 1755; the meaning “piece of confidential information” is from 1845; the verb in this sense is from 1883; tipster first recorded 1862. For urban legendary origin as an acronym, see here . v.3“light, sharp blow or tap,” mid-15c., possibly from Low German tippen “to poke, touch lightly,” related to Middle Low German tip “end, point,” and thus connected to tip (n.); or else connected with tap (v.) “to strike lightly.” The noun in this sense is attested from 1560s. In addition to the idioms beginning with tip

  • tip off
  • tip of the iceberg
  • tip one’s hand
  • tip the balance
  • also see:

  • from head (tip) to toe
  • on the tip of one’s tongue
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