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tipple

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[ tip-uhl ]
/ ˈtɪp əl /
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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.
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Origin of tipple

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

OTHER WORDS FROM tipple

un·tip·pled, adjective

Other definitions for tipple (2 of 2)

tipple2
[ tip-uhl ]
/ ˈtɪp əl /

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

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1875–80, Americanism; noun use of dial. tipple to tumble, frequentative of tip2; see -le
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British Dictionary definitions for tipple (1 of 2)

tipple1
/ (ˈtɪpəl) /

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

Derived forms of tipple

tippler, noun

Word Origin for tipple

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

British Dictionary definitions for tipple (2 of 2)

tipple2
/ (ˈtɪpəl) /

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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