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[fip-uh l]
noun Music.
  1. a plug stopping the upper end of a pipe, as a recorder or a whistle, and having a narrow slit through which the player blows.
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Origin of fipple

1620–30; perhaps special use of dial. fipple loose lower lip, pouting lip; compare Old Norse flipi lower lip of a horse, Norwegian flipe flap, lappet. See flip1, flap, flabby
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Historical Examples

  • The old English fipple flute, or flte bec, is described under the headings Recorder and Flageolet.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5


British Dictionary definitions for fipple


  1. a wooden plug forming a flue in the end of a pipe, as the mouthpiece of a recorder
  2. a similar device in an organ pipe with a flutelike tone
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Word Origin

C17: of unknown origin
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