- to drink (a liquid) a little at a time; take small tastes of: He sipped the hot tea noisily.
- to drink from a little at a time: The bird sipped the flower.
- to take in; absorb: to sip knowledge at its source.
- to drink by sips.
- an instance of sipping; a small taste of a liquid: One sip told me that the milk was sour.
- a small quantity taken by sipping: Take just a sip, not a gulp or a swallow.
Origin of sip
- supplemental income plan.
Examples from the Web for sip
Inside, patrons can sip on bespoke whisky and coffee while getting that buffed and polished look.The Most Exciting New Hotels, Restaurants, and Submarines of 2014
December 29, 2014
Venetians sip their coffee in quiet squares and walk their dogs along the waterfront with nary a tourist in sight.After the Wedding: George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin in Venice
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 28, 2014
Now, there are several high quality, handcrafted tequilas out there you can sip and enjoy just as much as a fine whiskey.Grab A Shot Glass: Craft Tequila Needs Your Help
September 7, 2014
Sip on This You may have heard that alcohol is packed with empty calories, which is true.Is Alcohol Killing Your Workout?
September 2, 2014
Before he could sip, his name was announced and he had to run onto the stage to receive a standing ovation.Why We're Obsessed With George Takei
Jennifer M. Kroot
August 20, 2014
He raised his cup to his lips, took a sip, and set it down again.Viviette
William J. Locke
Then he raised the marshal's head and gave him a sip of the fiery stuff.Way of the Lawless
But now with every sip of wine the temptation came stronger and stronger.Weighed and Wanting
I myself only drink water; he takes just a sip of white wine.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Take a sip of water, Mike, like a reg'lar one, and cut loose.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
- to drink (a liquid) by taking small mouthfuls; drink gingerly or delicately
- a small quantity of a liquid taken into the mouth and swallowed
- an act of sipping
Word Origin and History for sip
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.
c.1500, from sip (v.).