- a slender or pointed end or extremity, especially of anything long or tapered: the tips of the fingers.
- the top, summit, or apex: the tip of the mountain.
- a small piece or part, as of metal or leather, forming or covering the extremity of something: a cane with a rubber tip.
- Also called tip-in, tip-on. an insert, as an illustration, map, or errata slip, pasted to a page of a book, magazine, etc., usually along the binding margin.
- a small, delicate tool made of fine hair cemented between two cards, for applying gold leaf.
- to furnish with a tip.
- to serve as or form the tip of.
- to mark or adorn the tip of.
- to remove the tip or stem of (berries or certain fruits or vegetables).
- to frost the ends of (hair strands): I'm having my hair cut and tipped tomorrow.
- tip in, Bookbinding. to paste the inner margin of (a map, illustration, or other plate) into a signature before gathering.
Origin of tip1
- to cause to assume a slanting or sloping position; incline; tilt.
- to overturn, upset, or overthrow (often followed by over).
- to remove or lift (one's hat or cap) in salutation.
- British. to dispose of by dumping: The dustmen tipped the rubbish on the municipal dump.
- to assume a slanting or sloping position; incline.
- to tilt up at one end and down at the other; slant.
- to be overturned or upset: The car tipped into the ditch.
- to tumble or topple (usually followed by over): The lamp on the table tipped over.
- the act of tipping.
- the state of being tipped.
- a dump for refuse, as that from a mine.
- Informal.an untidy place, especially a room: They must have packed and left in a rush, because the place is an absolute tip.
- tip one's hand, to reveal one's plans, true feelings, etc., often unintentionally.
Origin of tip2
- a small present of money given directly to someone for performing a service or menial task; gratuity: He gave the waiter a dollar as a tip.
- a piece of private or secret information, as for use in betting, speculating, or writing a news story: a tip from a bookie.
- a useful hint or idea; a basic, practical fact: tips on painting.
- to give a gratuity to.
- to give a gratuity: She tipped lavishly.
- tip off, Informal.
- to supply with private or secret information; inform.
- to warn of impending danger or trouble; caution beforehand: The moonshiners had been tipped off that they were about to be raided.
Origin of tip3
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- a light, smart blow; tap.
- Baseball. a batted ball that glances off the bat.Compare foul tip.
- to strike or hit with a light, smart blow; tap.
- Baseball. to strike (the ball) with a glancing blow.
Origin of tip4
- Eugene (Gladstone),1888–1953, U.S. playwright: Nobel prize 1936.
- Thomas P(hilip)Tip, 1912–1994, U.S. politician: congressman 1953–87; speaker of the House 1977–87.
Related Words for tipedge, perk, money, fee, gift, reward, lean, topple, dump, spill, tilt, upset, bend, suggest, prompt, steer, cusp, head, end, point
Examples from the Web for tip
Contemporary Examples of tip
Earlier this year, security at major airports was tightened because of a tip that al-Asiri had been working on a cell phone bomb.A Gift to the Jihadis: The Unseen Airport Security Threat
December 27, 2014
Tip: The narrower upper deck in coach is the better choice because its eight-seat rows cannot be extended.Flying Coach Is the New Hell: How Airlines Engineer You Out of Room
November 25, 2014
One explanation for why the White House was not interested was so as not to tip off Sunni insurgents in Iraq.Insiders Blame Rove for Covering Up Iraq’s Real WMD
October 16, 2014
On one of my last evenings in Beirut, I went to a beach party at the Sporting club, at the tip of the city that juts into the sea.Beirut Letter: In Lebanon, Fighting ISIS With Culture and Satire
September 22, 2014
The mattress causes the boat to tip forward, and in the ensuing rocking the boat begins to take on water.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
Historical Examples of tip
Often it has been on the tip of my tongue, and then it slipped away from me.Brave and Bold
Her tail bristled a little as it curled at the tip like a snake.
I could see the tip of One-Tusk's trunk go up with a start every time he winded it.
Git hould of the girl Cynthie, an' give her the tip that things is purty bad.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
He was proud of himself, from his silky bangs to the tip of his tasselled tail.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
- the extreme end of something, esp a narrow or pointed end
- the top or summit
- a small piece forming an extremity or enda metal tip on a cane
- to adorn or mark the tip of
- to cause to form a tip
Word Origin for tip
- to tilt or cause to tilt
- (usually foll by over or up) to tilt or cause to tilt, so as to overturn or fall
- British to dump (rubbish, etc)
- tip one's hat to take off, raise, or touch one's hat in salutation
- the act of tipping or the state of being tipped
- British a dump for refuse, etc
Word Origin for tip
- a payment given for services in excess of the standard charge; gratuity
- a helpful hint, warning, or other piece of information
- a piece of inside information, esp in betting or investing
- to give a tip to (a person)
Word Origin for tip
- to hit or strike lightly
- to hit (a ball) indirectly so that it glances off the bat in cricket
- a light blow
- a glancing hit in cricket
Word Origin for tip
- Eugene (Gladstone). 1888–1953, US dramatist. His works, which are notable for their emotional power and psychological analysis, include Desire under the Elms (1924), Strange Interlude (1928), Mourning becomes Elektra (1931), Long Day's Journey into Night (1941), and The Iceman Cometh (1946): Nobel prize for literature 1936
"to slope, overturn," c.1300, possibly from Scandinavian, or a special use of tip (n.). Intransitive sense of "fall over" is recorded from 1520s. Related: Tipped; tipping. Tipping point attested by 1972.
"end, point, top," early 13c., from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch tip "utmost point, extremity, tip" (cf. German zipfel, a diminutive formation); perhaps cognate with Old English tæppa "stopper" (see tap (n.)), from Proto-Germanic *tupp- "upper extremity." Tip-top is from 1702.
"give a small present of money to," c.1600, "to give, hand, pass," originally thieves' cant, perhaps from tip (v.3) "to tap." The meaning "give a gratuity to" is first attested 1706. The noun in this sense is from 1755; the meaning "piece of confidential information" is from 1845; the verb in this sense is from 1883; tipster first recorded 1862. For urban legendary origin as an acronym, see here .
In addition to the idioms beginning with tip
- tip off
- tip of the iceberg
- tip one's hand
- tip the balance
- from head (tip) to toe
- on the tip of one's tongue