- a slender or pointed end or extremity, especially of anything long or tapered: the tips of the fingers.
- the top, summit, or apex: the tip of the mountain.
- a small piece or part, as of metal or leather, forming or covering the extremity of something: a cane with a rubber tip.
- Also called tip-in, tip-on. an insert, as an illustration, map, or errata slip, pasted to a page of a book, magazine, etc., usually along the binding margin.
- a small, delicate tool made of fine hair cemented between two cards, for applying gold leaf.
- to furnish with a tip.
- to serve as or form the tip of.
- to mark or adorn the tip of.
- to remove the tip or stem of (berries or certain fruits or vegetables).
- to frost the ends of (hair strands): I'm having my hair cut and tipped tomorrow.
- tip in, Bookbinding. to paste the inner margin of (a map, illustration, or other plate) into a signature before gathering.
Origin of tip1
- the extreme end of something, esp a narrow or pointed end
- the top or summit
- a small piece forming an extremity or enda metal tip on a cane
- to adorn or mark the tip of
- to cause to form a tip
- to tilt or cause to tilt
- (usually foll by over or up) to tilt or cause to tilt, so as to overturn or fall
- British to dump (rubbish, etc)
- tip one's hat to take off, raise, or touch one's hat in salutation
- the act of tipping or the state of being tipped
- British a dump for refuse, etc
- a payment given for services in excess of the standard charge; gratuity
- a helpful hint, warning, or other piece of information
- a piece of inside information, esp in betting or investing
- to give a tip to (a person)
- to hit or strike lightly
- to hit (a ball) indirectly so that it glances off the bat in cricket
- a light blow
- a glancing hit in cricket
Word Origin and History for tip in
"to slope, overturn," c.1300, possibly from Scandinavian, or a special use of tip (n.). Intransitive sense of "fall over" is recorded from 1520s. Related: Tipped; tipping. Tipping point attested by 1972.
"end, point, top," early 13c., from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch tip "utmost point, extremity, tip" (cf. German zipfel, a diminutive formation); perhaps cognate with Old English tæppa "stopper" (see tap (n.)), from Proto-Germanic *tupp- "upper extremity." Tip-top is from 1702.
"give a small present of money to," c.1600, "to give, hand, pass," originally thieves' cant, perhaps from tip (v.3) "to tap." The meaning "give a gratuity to" is first attested 1706. The noun in this sense is from 1755; the meaning "piece of confidential information" is from 1845; the verb in this sense is from 1883; tipster first recorded 1862. For urban legendary origin as an acronym, see here .