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verb (used with object),sipped, sip·ping.
  1. to drink (a liquid) a little at a time; take small tastes of: He sipped the hot tea noisily.

  2. to drink from a little at a time: The bird sipped the flower.

  1. to take in; absorb: to sip knowledge at its source.

verb (used without object),sipped, sip·ping.
  1. to drink by sips.

  1. an instance of sipping; a small taste of a liquid: One sip told me that the milk was sour.

  2. a small quantity taken by sipping: Take just a sip, not a gulp or a swallow.

Origin of sip

1350–1400; Middle English sippen (v.), akin to Low German sippen to sip

synonym study For sip

1. See drink.

Other words from sip

  • sip·ping·ly, adverb
  • un·sipped, adjective

Other definitions for SIP (2 of 2)


  1. supplemental income plan. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sip in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sip


/ (sɪp) /

verbsips, sipping or sipped
  1. to drink (a liquid) by taking small mouthfuls; drink gingerly or delicately

  1. a small quantity of a liquid taken into the mouth and swallowed

  2. an act of sipping

Origin of sip

C14: probably from Low German sippen

Derived forms of sip

  • sipper, noun

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