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[tip-ler] /ˈtɪp lər/
a person who tipples intoxicating liquor.
Origin of tippler1
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at tipple1, -er1


[tip-ler] /ˈtɪp lər/
a person who works at a tipple, especially at a mine.
First recorded in 1825-35; tipple2 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for tippler
Historical Examples
  • Of these two, one was known as “tippler,” the other as “Tiger Tom.”

  • I never gave nor sold a glass of whiskey to a tippler in my life.

    Select Temperance Tracts American Tract Society
  • As the tippler could not obtain the liquor for a spree, he had become sober.

    Little Bobtail Oliver Optic
  • The tippler was sober, because he had neither rum nor money.

    Little Bobtail Oliver Optic
  • This Gretchen is probably a tippler, with a red nose and double chin.

    Gretchen Mary J. Holmes
  • Mike was getting to be quite a tippler, and he said, "Let's have a drink."

    Dave Ranney

    Dave Ranney
  • But it never pays to manhandle that particular brand of tippler.

    Parrot & Co.

    Harold MacGrath
  • This Gretchen is probably a tippler, with a red nose and a double chin.

    Tracy Park

    Mary Jane Holmes
  • The tippler knew the reason why only too well, and he also knew that it was useless as well as dangerous to disobey the coxswain.

    The Coxswain's Bride R.M. Ballantyne
  • But Lincoln was hopelessly inefficient behind the counter, and Berry was a tippler.

    Abraham Lincoln, Vol. I. John T. Morse
British Dictionary definitions for tippler


noun (sometimes capital)
Also called high-flying tippler. a variety of domestic pigeon bred mainly for flying
a domestic fancy pigeon of a smaller rounder type kept mainly for exhibition Usual name show tippler
Word Origin
C19: from tipple² + -er1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tippler

late 14c., "seller of alcoholic liquors," agent noun from tipple. In the sense of "habitual drinker" it dates from 1570s.

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



A relatively restrained drinker of alcohol

[1580+; orig a tavernkeeper]

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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