- to drink intoxicating liquor, especially habitually or to some excess.
- to drink (intoxicating liquor), especially repeatedly, in small quantities.
- intoxicating liquor.
Origin of tipple1
- a device that tilts or overturns a freight car to dump its contents.
- a place where loaded cars are emptied by tipping.
- Mining. a structure where coal is cleaned and loaded in railroad cars or trucks.
Origin of tipple2
Examples from the Web for tipple
But Charley, my hearty, we are getting on slowly with the tipple; are they all empty?Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 1 (of 2)
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
- to make a habit of taking (alcoholic drink), esp in small quantities
- alcoholic drink
- a device for overturning ore trucks, mine cars, etc, so that they discharge their load
- a place at which such trucks are tipped and unloaded
- Northern English dialect to fall or cause to fall
Word Origin and History for tipple
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.