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verb (used with object), sipped, sip·ping.
  1. to drink (a liquid) a little at a time; take small tastes of: He sipped the hot tea noisily.
  2. to drink from a little at a time: The bird sipped the flower.
  3. to take in; absorb: to sip knowledge at its source.
verb (used without object), sipped, sip·ping.
  1. to drink by sips.
noun
  1. an instance of sipping; a small taste of a liquid: One sip told me that the milk was sour.
  2. a small quantity taken by sipping: Take just a sip, not a gulp or a swallow.

Origin of sip

1350–1400; Middle English sippen (v.), akin to Low German sippen to sip
Related formssip·ping·ly, adverbun·sipped, adjective

Synonym study

1. See drink.

SIP

  1. supplemental income plan.
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sip

verb sips, sipping or sipped
  1. to drink (a liquid) by taking small mouthfuls; drink gingerly or delicately
noun
  1. a small quantity of a liquid taken into the mouth and swallowed
  2. an act of sipping
Derived Formssipper, noun

Word Origin

C14: probably from Low German sippen
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Word Origin and History for sip

v.

late 14c., of uncertain origin, perhaps from a source related to Low German sippen "to sip," or from Old English sypian "absorb, drink in," related to supan "to take into the mouth a little at a time" (see sup (v.2)). Related: Sipped; sipping.

n.

c.1500, from sip (v.).

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