sip

[ sip ]
/ sɪp /

verb (used with object), sipped, sip·ping.

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.

verb (used without object), sipped, sip·ping.

to drink by sips.

noun

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

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

Related forms

sip·ping·ly, adverbun·sipped, adjective

Synonym study

1. See drink.
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abbreviation for

side impact protection system: bars built into certain cars to strengthen the bodywork

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sip

/ (sɪp) /

verb sips, sipping or sipped

to drink (a liquid) by taking small mouthfuls; drink gingerly or delicately

noun

a small quantity of a liquid taken into the mouth and swallowed
an act of sipping

Derived Forms

sipper, noun

Word Origin for sip

C14: probably from Low German sippen
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