- 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 sipping
He speaks while sipping a soda in the restaurant of the Residence Victoria in downtown Kisangani.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
But while McCartney was sipping a brandy, Lennon snuck up behind the future Sir Paul and clocked him on the back of the head.The Man Who Captured the Beatles Magic
June 16, 2014
Sarah Palin, sipping from one at her 2013 CPAC speech, and sugar became something that real conservatives embraced.Republicans for More Fat Kids
May 28, 2014
I remember how out of place I felt, sipping my drink alone on the couch while the getting-ready activities swirled around me.The Cost: What Stop and Frisk Does to a Young Man’s Soul
May 21, 2014
The cafés were still full of people sitting on green Astroturf lawns, sipping tea that steamed at their lips.The Fourth War: My Lunch with a Jihadi
January 21, 2014
So it is with war, and the quality of both is best discovered by sipping.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
"I do not quite understand," returned the uncle, sipping his coffee.A Tale of Two Cities
Like a bee over a flower-bed, I went dipping and sipping at my treasure.Wilfrid Cumbermede
Only when he had dined slowly and was sipping his black coffee did they attract his attention.A Spirit in Prison
Belle sipping the hot, comforting drink looked about her curiously.Melomaniacs
- 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 sipping
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.).