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[sip] /sɪp/
verb (used with object), sipped, sipping.
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, sipping.
4.
to drink by sips.
noun
5.
an instance of sipping; a small taste of a liquid:
One sip told me that the milk was sour.
6.
a small quantity taken by sipping:
Take just a sip, not a gulp or a swallow.
Origin of sip
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English sippen (v.), akin to Low German sippen to sip
Related forms
sippingly, adverb
unsipped, adjective
Synonyms
1. See drink.
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Examples from the Web for sipping
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  • "Hair would be best," he advised tentatively, sipping his whisky-and-soda.

    The Bright Messenger Algernon Blackwood
  • "I'm going whilst I'm safe," said Phillopolis, sipping his champagne.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • The boys bought and paid for their pop, sipping the cool liquid slowly.

  • "Surely no," said Mr. Smith, sipping his water with an inquiring air.

    The Green Carnation Robert Smythe Hichens
  • But because brandy could be purchased at sixpence a bottle, so they would constantly be sipping it.

British Dictionary definitions for sipping

sip

/sɪp/
verb sips, sipping, sipped
1.
to drink (a liquid) by taking small mouthfuls; drink gingerly or delicately
noun
2.
a small quantity of a liquid taken into the mouth and swallowed
3.
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 sipping

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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Related Abbreviations for sipping

SIP

1.
serial interface processor
2.
session initiation protocol
3.
single in-line package
4.
system implementation plan
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