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sip

[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
Synonym Study
1. See drink.
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  • She had begun to taste life, and she found the draft too sweet to be swallowed in sips.

    Superwomen Albert Payson Terhune
  • He tasted her in sips, he let her stand, with an opportuneness she herself could not have surpassed.

  • The hands were still shaky, but he managed some sips of the stuff, and then a long draught that seemed to scald him.

    Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson
  • He thought you would be angry, said Mr. Penrose, between the sips of his wine.

    Madonna Mary Mrs. Oliphant
  • He invariably makes an outline of his work to start with, and when he is engaged in writing, he sips coffee and smokes.

    Methods of Authors Hugo Erichsen
  • A sailorman, rustbearded, sips from a beaker rum and eyes her.

    Ulysses James Joyce
British Dictionary definitions for sips

SIPS

abbreviation
1.
side impact protection system: bars built into certain cars to strengthen the bodywork

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 sips

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.).

sip

n.

c.1500, from sip (v.).

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