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[sip] /sɪp/
verb (used with object), sipped, sipping.
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.
verb (used without object), sipped, sipping.
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
1350-1400; Middle English sippen (v.), akin to Low German sippen to sip
Related forms
sippingly, adverb
unsipped, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See drink. Unabridged
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  • Oldaker sipped his glass of old Oloroso sherry and discoursed.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • He sipped his tea and said, as if speaking to himself, "Yes, many a one!"

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • When the midwife had sipped hers up, she went off; everything was going on nicely, she was not required.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Solange gave him broth, and as he sipped it he looked now and then at her.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • Murgatroyd sipped at the cup especially made for his little paws.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for sipped


verb sips, sipping, sipped
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
Derived Forms
sipper, noun
Word Origin
C14: probably from Low German sippen
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Word Origin and History for sipped



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.).

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