sip
Pronunciation Noun

sip (plural sips)

  1. A small mouthful of drink
Translations Verb

sip (sips, present participle sipping; past and past participle sipped)

  1. (transitive) To drink slowly, small mouthfuls at a time.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 5
      He held out to me a bowl of steaming broth, that filled the room with a savour sweeter, ten thousand times, to me than every rose and lily of the world; yet would not let me drink it at a gulp, but made me sip it with a spoon like any baby.
  2. (intransitive) To drink a small quantity.
    • [She] raised it to her mouth with sober grace; / Then, sipping, offered to the next in place.
  3. To taste the liquor of; to drink out of.
    • They skim the floods, and sip the purple flowers.
  4. (Scotland, US, dated) Alternative form of seep
  5. (figurative) to consume slowly — (usually) in contrast to faster consumption, (sometimes) in contrast to zero consumption
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