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tipple1

[tip-uh l] /ˈtɪp əl/
verb (used without object), tippled, tippling.
1.
to drink intoxicating liquor, especially habitually or to some excess.
verb (used with object), tippled, tippling.
2.
to drink (intoxicating liquor), especially repeatedly, in small quantities.
noun
3.
intoxicating liquor.
Origin of tipple1
1490-1500
1490-1500; back formation from Middle English tipeler tapster, equivalent to tipel- tap2 (cognate with Dutch tepel teat) + -er -er1; cf. tipsy
Related forms
untippled, adjective

tipple2

[tip-uh l] /ˈtɪp əl/
noun
1.
a device that tilts or overturns a freight car to dump its contents.
2.
a place where loaded cars are emptied by tipping.
3.
Mining. a structure where coal is cleaned and loaded in railroad cars or trucks.
Origin
1875-80, Americanism; noun use of dial. tipple to tumble, frequentative of tip2; see -le
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Examples from the Web for tipple
Historical Examples
  • But Charley, my hearty, we are getting on slowly with the tipple; are they all empty?

  • And the beauty of our tipple now is,” said Bob, “that it never does a fellow the least harm.

    The Kopje Garrison George Manville Fenn
  • He cannot enjoy his own tipple unless he can deprive me of mine.

    Gryll Grange Thomas Love Peacock
  • The moment he has tossed off the tipple, he begins tinkling.

  • Sandeman's '48—the tipple you and I have tasted together for many a year.

    Afterwards Ian Maclaren
  • Oh,” says he, “I have made them so drunk with my Alchoran they need no tipple.

  • The more he drank, the better relish he had for their tipple.

    Bits of Blarney R. Shelton Mackenzie
  • You can rest sure of this one thing—if I get onto that tipple, you're going to get your weights!

    King Coal Upton Sinclair
  • The tipple was a fairly public place, and he judged he was as safe there as anywhere.

    King Coal Upton Sinclair
  • This place was the "tipple," where the coal that came out of the mine was weighed and recorded.

    King Coal Upton Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for tipple

tipple1

/ˈtɪpəl/
verb
1.
to make a habit of taking (alcoholic drink), esp in small quantities
noun
2.
alcoholic drink
Derived Forms
tippler, noun
Word Origin
C15: back formation from obsolete tippler tapster, of unknown origin

tipple2

/ˈtɪpəl/
noun
1.
a device for overturning ore trucks, mine cars, etc, so that they discharge their load
2.
a place at which such trucks are tipped and unloaded
verb
3.
(Northern English, dialect) to fall or cause to fall
Word Origin
C19: from tipple to overturn, from tip²
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Word Origin and History for tipple
v.

1530s, "sell alcoholic liquor by retail," of unknown origin, possibly from a Scandinavian source (e.g. Norwegian dialectal tipla "to drink slowly or in small quantities"). Meaning "drink (alcoholic beverage) too much" is first attested 1550s. Related: Tippled; tippling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for tipple

tipple

noun

  1. Liquor, esp strong; also, a drink of strong liquor •Also can be a verb
  2. A drinking bout
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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