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[sip] /sɪp/
verb (used with object), sipped, sipping.
to drink (a liquid) a little at a time; take small tastes of:
He sipped the hot tea noisily.
to drink from a little at a time:
The bird sipped the flower.
to take in; absorb:
to sip knowledge at its source.
verb (used without object), sipped, sipping.
to drink by sips.
an instance of sipping; a small taste of a liquid:
One sip told me that the milk was sour.
a small quantity taken by sipping:
Take just a sip, not a gulp or a swallow.
Origin of sip
1350-1400; Middle English sippen (v.), akin to Low German sippen to sip
Related forms
sippingly, adverb
unsipped, adjective
1. See drink. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sipping
  • Bleary-eyed, the pilot stares at the instruments while sipping stale coffee.
  • Within a minute or two, the slug was happily sipping away at the coffee.
  • Imagine sipping your tea or wine in the dappled light of your own backyard arbor bench, your favorite vine overhead.
  • The animals spend an average of two hours per night sipping the nectar, which appears to be their primary food source.
  • The participants sweat and sweat, sipping water once, eating a single strawberry apiece.
  • They would lie on their verandas in a pool of sweat, fanning themselves and sipping on gin and tonic.
  • Families mill about eating, taking pictures, sipping watermelon juice.
  • Early afternoon strollers cluster around the barrel organ, gratefully accept, and begin sipping.
  • She was sitting up, sipping fluids, surrounded by her family.
  • Males are sweet nectar-loving types, peacefully sipping at nature's juice bar.
British Dictionary definitions for sipping


verb sips, sipping, sipped
to drink (a liquid) by taking small mouthfuls; drink gingerly or delicately
a small quantity of a liquid taken into the mouth and swallowed
an act of sipping
Derived Forms
sipper, noun
Word Origin
C14: probably from Low German sippen
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Word Origin and History for sipping



late 14c., of uncertain origin, perhaps from a source related to Low German sippen "to sip," or from Old English sypian "absorb, drink in," related to supan "to take into the mouth a little at a time" (see sup (v.2)). Related: Sipped; sipping.


c.1500, from sip (v.).

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Related Abbreviations for sipping


  1. serial interface processor
  2. session initiation protocol
  3. single in-line package
  4. system implementation plan
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