Meaning of TIP in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ tɪp ]

( tips, tipping, tipped)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


The tip of something long and narrow is the end of it.

The sleeves covered his hands to the tips of his fingers...

She poked and shifted things with the tip of her walking stick...

N-COUNT : oft N of n


If you tip an object or part of your body or if it tips , it moves into a sloping position with one end or side higher than the other.

He leaned away from her, and she had to tip her head back to see him...

A young boy is standing on a stool, reaching for a cookie jar, and the stool is about to tip...

VERB : V n adv / prep , V


If you tip something somewhere, you pour it there.

Tip the vegetables into a bowl...

Tip away the salt and wipe the pan.

VERB : V n prep , V n with adv


To tip rubbish means to get rid of it by leaving it somewhere. ( BRIT; in AM, use dump )

...the costs of tipping rubbish in landfills...

How do you stop people tipping?...

We live in a street off Soho Road and there’s rubbish tipped everywhere.

VERB : V n , V , V-ed


A tip is a place where rubbish is left. ( BRIT; in AM, use garbage dump )



If you describe a place as a tip , you mean it is very untidy. ( BRIT INFORMAL )

The flat is an absolute tip.



If you tip someone such as a waiter in a restaurant, you give them some money in order to thank them for their services.

Do you really think it’s customary to tip the waiters?...

She tipped the barmen 10 dollars and bought drinks all round.

VERB : V n , V n amount

• tip‧ping

A 10 percent service charge is added in lieu of tipping.



If you give a tip to someone such as a waiter in a restaurant, you give them some money to thank them for their services.

I gave the barber a tip...



A tip is a useful piece of advice.

It shows how to prepare a CV, and gives tips on applying for jobs.

N-COUNT : oft N on/for -ing / n


If a person is tipped to do something or is tipped for success at something, experts or journalists believe that they will do that thing or achieve that success. ( BRIT )

He is tipped to be the country’s next foreign minister...

He was widely tipped for success.

VERB : usu passive , be V-ed to-inf , be V-ed for n


Someone’s tip for a race or competition is their advice on its likely result, especially to someone who wants to bet money on the result.

United are still my tip for the Title.

N-COUNT : oft N for n


If you say that a problem is the tip of the iceberg , you mean that it is one small part of a much larger problem.

Unless we’re all a lot more careful, the people who have died so far will be just the tip of the iceberg.

PHRASE : v-link PHR


If something tips the scales or tips the balance , it gives someone a slight advantage.

Today’s slightly shorter race could well help to tip the scales in his favour...

PHRASE : V inflects , oft PHR prep


If a comment or question is on the tip of your tongue , you really want to say it or ask it, but you decide not to say it.

It was on the tip of Mahoney’s tongue to say the boss was out...

PHRASE : v-link PHR

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