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  1. a person who tipples intoxicating liquor.
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Origin of tippler1

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at tipple1, -er1


  1. a person who works at a tipple, especially at a mine.
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Origin of tippler2

First recorded in 1825–35; tipple2 + -er1
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Related Words

sponge, alcoholic, drunk, lush, inebriate, boozer, sot, drinker, wino, carouser, guzzler, dipsomaniac

Examples from the Web for tippler

Historical Examples

  • Of these two, one was known as “Tippler,” the other as “Tiger Tom.”

    Records of Woodhall Spa and Neighbourhood

    J. Conway Walter

  • I never gave nor sold a glass of whiskey to a tippler in my life.

    Select Temperance Tracts

    American Tract Society

  • As the tippler could not obtain the liquor for a spree, he had become sober.

    Little Bobtail

    Oliver Optic

  • The tippler was sober, because he had neither rum nor money.

    Little Bobtail

    Oliver Optic

  • This Gretchen is probably a tippler, with a red nose and double chin.


    Mary J. Holmes

British Dictionary definitions for tippler


noun (sometimes capital)
  1. Also called: high-flying tippler a variety of domestic pigeon bred mainly for flying
  2. a domestic fancy pigeon of a smaller rounder type kept mainly for exhibitionUsual name: show tippler
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Word Origin

C19: from tipple ² + -er 1
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Word Origin and History for tippler


late 14c., "seller of alcoholic liquors," agent noun from tipple. In the sense of "habitual drinker" it dates from 1570s.

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