- 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 sips
Contemporary Examples of sips
As she sips tea in a lounge at the Greenwich Hotel, her soft-spoken, modest style includes a casual acceptance of her advantages.The Next Great Coppola
May 7, 2014
He enters a back room, sits at a round café table and sips from a bottle of mineral water.The Stacks: The Neville Brothers Stake Their Claim as Bards of the Bayou
John Ed Bradley
April 27, 2014
Asked about them backstage, Stinson allows an awkward pause, sips his drink and finally just says “Yup.”Guns N’ Roses Rocks Las Vegas
November 14, 2012
As my older kids became curious, I gave them sips of drinks—relieved when they were mostly disgusted.Teach Your Kids How to Drink
April 27, 2009
Historical Examples of sips
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.Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)
F. Marion Crawford
Sips of hot water will also powerfully help in all cases of such pain.Papers on Health
He tasted her in sips, he let her stand, with an opportuneness she herself could not have surpassed.The Portrait of a Lady
- side impact protection system: bars built into certain cars to strengthen the bodywork
- 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 for sip
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.).