tipple

1
[tip-uh l]

verb (used without object), tip·pled, tip·pling.

to drink intoxicating liquor, especially habitually or to some excess.

verb (used with object), tip·pled, tip·pling.

to drink (intoxicating liquor), especially repeatedly, in small quantities.

noun

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

a device that tilts or overturns a freight car to dump its contents.
a place where loaded cars are emptied by tipping.
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

to make a habit of taking (alcoholic drink), esp in small quantities

noun

alcoholic drink
Derived Formstippler, noun

Word Origin for tipple

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

tipple

2

noun

a device for overturning ore trucks, mine cars, etc, so that they discharge their load
a place at which such trucks are tipped and unloaded

verb

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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