tip
Pronunciation
  • (British, America) IPA: /tɪp/
Noun

tip (plural tips)

  1. The extreme end of something, especially when pointed; e.g. the sharp end of a pencil. [From 15th c.]
    • 1848, Anne Bronte, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall:
      When he woke up, about half an hour after, he called it to him again, but Dash only looked sheepish and wagged the tip of his tail.
    the tip of one's nose
  2. A piece of metal, fabric or other material used to cover the top of something for protection, utility or decoration. [From 15th c.]
    a tip for an umbrella, a shoe, a gas burner, etc.
  3. (music) The end of a bow of a stringed instrument that is not held.
  4. (chiefly, in the plural) A small piece of meat.
    chicken tips over rice, pork tips, marinated alligator tips
    • 1998, Alan Morris, Between Earth and Sky (Guardians of the North book 4; ISBN 1441263039:
      He dutifully speared a beef tip and chewed it with false gusto.
  5. A piece of stiffened lining pasted on the inside of a hat crown.
  6. A thin, boarded brush made of camel's hair, used by gilders in lifting gold leaf.
  7. Synonym of eartip#English|eartip (“part of earbuds”)
Synonyms Translations Verb

tip (tips, present participle tipping; past and past participle tipped)

  1. (transitive) To provide with a tip; to cover the tip of. [From 15th c.]
    • 1598, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act V:
      I thinke he thinkes vpon the sauage bull: / Tush, feare not man, wee'll tip thy hornes with gold, / And all Europa shall reioyce at thee [...].
    • truncheon tipped with iron head
    • Tipped with jet, / Fair ermines spotless as the snows they press.
Verb

tip (tips, present participle tipping; past and past participle tipped)

  1. (ergative) (To cause) to become knocked over, fall down or overturn. [(transitive) From early 14th c.] [(intransitive) From earlier 16th c.]
  2. (ergative) (To cause) to be, or come to be, in a tilted or sloping position; (to cause) to become unbalanced. [From 17th c.]
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick:
      the brief suspended agony of the boat, as it would tip for an instant on the knife-like edge of the sharper waves, that almost seemed threatening to cut it in two […]
  3. (transitive, slang, dated) To drink. [From 18th c.]
  4. (transitive) To dump (refuse). [From 19th c.]
  5. (US, transitive) To pour a libation or a liquid from a container, particularly from a forty of malt liquor. [From 20th c.]
    • 1993, DRS, “Gangsta Lean (This Is For My Homies)”:
      I tip my 40 to your memory.
  6. (transitive) To deflect with one′s fingers, especially one′s fingertips.
Translations
  • Russian: опрокинуться
Translations
  • Italian: sversare
Noun

tip (plural tips)

  1. (skittles, obsolete) The knocking over of a skittle. [From 17th c.]
  2. An act of tipping up or tilting. [From 19th c.]
  3. (UK, Australia, New Zealand) An area or a place for dumping something, such as rubbish or refuse, as from a mine; a heap (see tipple); a dump. [From 19th c.]
    • 1972 May 18, Jon Tinker, Must we waste rubbish?, New Scientist, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=pUAT6l3l-vYC&pg=PA389&lpg=PA389&dq=%22tip%22|%22tips%22+rubbish+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=8AORyE6tM0&sig=fQ4RzqlkaMusJxxa1LPiYBDea0Q&hl=en&sa=X&ei=hbyEUOjJI6-VmQXPkYEQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22tip%22|%22tips%22%20rubbish%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 389],
      As the tip slowly squashes under its own weight, bacteria rot away the organic matter, mainly anaerobically with the generation of methane.
    • 2009, Donna Kelly, [http://74.125.153.132/search?q=cache:a-K_DLoNUEgJ:www.hepburnadvocate.com.au/news/local/news/opinion/dont-dump-on-hepburns-top-tip/1648984.aspx+hepburn+tip&cd=8&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=au| 'Don't dump on Hepburn's top tip'], The Hepburn Advocate ↗, Fairfax Digital
      When I was a kid I used to love going to the tip.
    • 2009, Rother District Council, [https://web.archive.org/web/20130511134900/http://www.rother.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=3053%7C Rother District Council Website]
      There are two rubbish tips in Rother.
    • 2009, Beck Vass, 'Computer collectibles saved from the tip' [http://74.125.153.132/search?q=cache:aa8UjVwkYAAJ:www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm%3Fc_id%3D5%26objectid%3D10597114+the+tip+OR+local+tip+OR+council+tip&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=nz| The New Zealand Herald, Technology section], APN Holdings NZ Ltd
      Computer collectibles saved from the tip
  4. (UK, Australia, New Zealand) Rubbish thrown from a quarry.
  5. (UK, Australia, New Zealand, by extension) A recycling centre.
  6. (colloquial) A very untidy place. [From 20th c.]
  7. The act of deflecting with one's fingers, especially the fingertips
  8. A tram for expeditiously transferring coal.
Translations Verb

tip (tips, present participle tipping; past and past participle tipped)

  1. (now rare) To hit quickly and lightly; to tap. [From later 15th c.]
    • 1708, John Partridge, Squire Bickerstaff Detected
      A third rogue tips me by the elbow.
Noun

tip (plural tips)

  1. (now rare) A light blow or tap. [From later 16th c.]
Verb

tip (tips, present participle tipping; past and past participle tipped)

  1. To give a small gratuity to, especially to an employee of someone who provides a service. [From early 18th c.]
    In some cities waiters must be tipped.
  2. (thieves′ slang) To give, pass. [From early 17th c.]
Translations
  • German: ein Trinkgeld geben
  • Italian: dare la mancia, lasciare la mancia
  • Portuguese: dar gorjeta
  • Spanish: dar propina
Noun

tip (plural tips)

  1. A gratuity; a small amount of money left for a bartender, waiter, taxi driver or other servant as a token of appreciation. [From mid-18th c.]
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula:
      A half crown tip put the deputy's knowledge at my disposal, and I learned that Mr. Bloxam [...] had left for his work at five o'clock that morning.
Translations Synonyms Noun

tip (plural tips)

  1. A piece of private or secret information, especially imparted by someone with expert knowledge about sporting odds, business performance etc. [From mid-19th c.]
  2. A piece of advice.
Synonyms Translations Translations Verb

tip (tips, present participle tipping; past and past participle tipped)

  1. To give a piece of private information to; to inform (someone) of a clue, secret knowledge, etc. [From later 19th c.]
Translations
  • Italian: dare una dritta
  • Portuguese: dica
  • Russian: наво́дить
Noun

tip (plural tips)

  1. (AAVE) A kick or phase; one's current habits or behaviour.
  2. (AAVE) A particular arena or sphere of interest; a front.

TIP
Proper noun
  1. (sport) Abbreviation of Tipperary#English|Tipperary.



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