- to drink (a liquid) a little at a time; take small tastes of: He sipped the hot tea noisily.
- to drink from a little at a time: The bird sipped the flower.
- to take in; absorb: to sip knowledge at its source.
- to drink by sips.
- an instance of sipping; a small taste of a liquid: One sip told me that the milk was sour.
- a small quantity taken by sipping: Take just a sip, not a gulp or a swallow.
Origin of sip
Examples from the Web for sipped
I thanked him, sat down on the sofa, and sipped it through the straw.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
They danced to music pounding from the crackling speakers, sipped beers and then parted.Liberia’s Child Prostitutes
May 19, 2014
But he sipped the second one, pushing aviator shades onto his head.Dealing With Dad the Dealer
April 9, 2014
As I organized my umbrella and shed my dripping coat, she sipped something golden and opaque from a tall pint glass.Wine Snobs, There’s a Beer for You
April 5, 2014
As I sipped my tea, I stared out of the café window onto Rue de Choiseul.The Model Diaries: The Rush of Rejection in Paris
December 26, 2013
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
Solange gave him broth, and as he sipped it he looked now and then at her.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
When the midwife had sipped hers up, she went off; everything was going on nicely, she was not required.L'Assommoir
Murgatroyd sipped at the cup especially made for his little paws.Pariah Planet
- to drink (a liquid) by taking small mouthfuls; drink gingerly or delicately
- a small quantity of a liquid taken into the mouth and swallowed
- an act of sipping
Word Origin and History for sipped
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.
c.1500, from sip (v.).