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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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  • So it is with war, and the quality of both is best discovered by sipping.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • "I do not quite understand," returned the uncle, sipping his coffee.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • Like a bee over a flower-bed, I went dipping and sipping at my treasure.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Only when he had dined slowly and was sipping his black coffee did they attract his attention.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Belle sipping the hot, comforting drink looked about her curiously.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for sipping


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 sipping



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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