tipple

1
[tip-uh l]
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verb (used with object), tip·pled, tip·pling.
  1. to drink (intoxicating liquor), especially repeatedly, in small quantities.
noun
  1. intoxicating liquor.

Origin of tipple

1
1490–1500; back formation from Middle English tipeler tapster, equivalent to tipel- tap2 (cognate with Dutch tepel teat) + -er -er1; cf. tipsy
Related formsun·tip·pled, adjective

tipple

2
[tip-uh l]
noun
  1. a device that tilts or overturns a freight car to dump its contents.
  2. a place where loaded cars are emptied by tipping.
  3. Mining. a structure where coal is cleaned and loaded in railroad cars or trucks.

Origin of tipple

2
1875–80, Americanism; noun use of dial. tipple to tumble, frequentative of tip2; see -le
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Related Words for tipple

imbibe, booze, liquor, grog

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British Dictionary definitions for tipple

tipple

1
verb
  1. to make a habit of taking (alcoholic drink), esp in small quantities
noun
  1. alcoholic drink
Derived Formstippler, noun

Word Origin for tipple

C15: back formation from obsolete tippler tapster, of unknown origin

tipple

2
noun
  1. a device for overturning ore trucks, mine cars, etc, so that they discharge their load
  2. a place at which such trucks are tipped and unloaded
verb
  1. Northern English dialect to fall or cause to fall

Word Origin for tipple

C19: from tipple to overturn, from tip ²
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Word Origin and History for tipple
v.

1530s, "sell alcoholic liquor by retail," of unknown origin, possibly from a Scandinavian source (e.g. Norwegian dialectal tipla "to drink slowly or in small quantities"). Meaning "drink (alcoholic beverage) too much" is first attested 1550s. Related: Tippled; tippling.

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