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noun

  1. a slender or pointed end or extremity, especially of anything long or tapered: the tips of the fingers.
  2. the top, summit, or apex: the tip of the mountain.
  3. a small piece or part, as of metal or leather, forming or covering the extremity of something: a cane with a rubber tip.
  4. Also called tip-in, tip-on. an insert, as an illustration, map, or errata slip, pasted to a page of a book, magazine, etc., usually along the binding margin.
  5. a small, delicate tool made of fine hair cemented between two cards, for applying gold leaf.

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

  1. to furnish with a tip.
  2. to serve as or form the tip of.
  3. to mark or adorn the tip of.
  4. to remove the tip or stem of (berries or certain fruits or vegetables).
  5. to frost the ends of (hair strands): I’m having my hair cut and tipped tomorrow.

Verb Phrases

  1. tip in, Bookbinding. to paste the inner margin of (a map, illustration, or other plate) into a signature before gathering.

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. a small present of money given directly to someone for performing a service or menial task; gratuity: He gave the waiter a dollar as a tip.
  2. a piece of private or secret information, as for use in betting, speculating, or writing a news story: a tip from a bookie.
  3. a useful hint or idea; a basic, practical fact: tips on painting.

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

  1. to give a gratuity to.

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

  1. to give a gratuity: She tipped lavishly.

Verb Phrases

  1. tip off, Informal.
    1. to supply with private or secret information; inform.
    2. to warn of impending danger or trouble; caution beforehand: The moonshiners had been tipped off that they were about to be raided.

noun

  1. a light, smart blow; tap.
  2. Baseball. a batted ball that glances off the bat.Compare foul tip.

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

  1. to strike or hit with a light, smart blow; tap.
  2. Baseball. to strike (the ball) with a glancing blow.

noun

  1. Eugene (Gladstone),1888–1953, U.S. playwright: Nobel prize 1936.
  2. Thomas P(hilip)Tip, 1912–1994, U.S. politician: congressman 1953–87; speaker of the House 1977–87.

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

noun

  1. Eugene (Gladstone). 1888–1953, US dramatist. His works, which are notable for their emotional power and psychological analysis, include Desire under the Elms (1924), Strange Interlude (1928), Mourning becomes Elektra (1931), Long Day’s Journey into Night (1941), and The Iceman Cometh (1946): Nobel prize for literature 1936

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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