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sip

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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.
  3. to take in; absorb: to sip knowledge at its source.
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verb (used without object), sipped, sip·ping.
  1. to drink by sips.
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noun
  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.
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Origin of sip

1350–1400; Middle English sippen (v.), akin to Low German sippen to sip
Related formssip·ping·ly, adverbun·sipped, adjective

Synonym study

1. See drink.
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Related Words for sipped

savor, imbibe, quaff, taste, toss, partake, sample, sup, swallow, extract

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Contemporary Examples of sipped

Historical Examples of sipped

  • Oldaker sipped his glass of old Oloroso sherry and discoursed.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He sipped his tea and said, as if speaking to himself, "Yes, many a one!"

    A Hero of Our Time

    M. Y. Lermontov

  • When the midwife had sipped hers up, she went off; everything was going on nicely, she was not required.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • Solange gave him broth, and as he sipped it he looked now and then at her.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • Murgatroyd sipped at the cup especially made for his little paws.

    Pariah Planet

    Murray Leinster


British Dictionary definitions for sipped

sip

verb sips, sipping or sipped
  1. to drink (a liquid) by taking small mouthfuls; drink gingerly or delicately
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noun
  1. a small quantity of a liquid taken into the mouth and swallowed
  2. an act of sipping
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Derived Formssipper, noun

Word Origin for sip

C14: probably from Low German sippen
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Word Origin and History for sipped

sip

v.

late 14c., of uncertain origin, perhaps from a source related to Low German sippen "to sip," or from Old English sypian "absorb, drink in," related to supan "to take into the mouth a little at a time" (see sup (v.2)). Related: Sipped; sipping.

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sip

n.

c.1500, from sip (v.).

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