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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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  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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  • Hilton frowned in thought while taking a couple of sips of his drink.

    Masters of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • They like my music, and often give me sips of hot coffee, which I like much.

    Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag

    Louisa M. Alcott

  • They sat quietly in their places, drinking steadily, by sips.

  • Sips of hot water will also powerfully help in all cases of such pain.

  • He tasted her in sips, he let her stand, with an opportuneness she herself could not have surpassed.

British Dictionary definitions for sips


abbreviation for
  1. side impact protection system: bars built into certain cars to strengthen the bodywork
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verb sips, sipping or sipped
  1. to drink (a liquid) by taking small mouthfuls; drink gingerly or delicately
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  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

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



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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c.1500, from sip (v.).

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