Meaning of TIP in English

1. n. & v.


1. an extremity or end, esp. of a small or tapering thing (tips of the fingers).

2 a small piece or part attached to the end of a thing, e.g. a ferrule on a stick.

3 a leaf-bud of tea.

--v.tr. (tipped, tipping)

1. provide with a tip.

2 tr. (foll. by in) attach (a loose sheet) to a page at the inside edge.

Phrases and idioms:

on the tip of one's tongue about to be said, esp. after difficulty in recalling to mind. the tip of the iceberg a small evident part of something much larger or more significant.


tipless adj. tippy adj. (in sense 3).

Etymology: ME f. ON typpi (n.), typpa (v.), typptr tipped f. Gmc (rel. to TOP(1)): prob. reinforced by MDu. & MLG tip 2. v. & n.

--v. (tipped, tipping)

1. a intr. lean or slant. b tr. cause to do this.

2 tr. (foll. by into etc.) a overturn or cause to overbalance (was tipped into the pond). b discharge the contents of (a container etc.) in this way.


1. a a slight push or tilt. b a light stroke, esp. in baseball.

2 Brit. a place where material (esp. refuse) is tipped.

Phrases and idioms:

tip the balance make the critical difference. tip the scales see SCALE(2). tip-up able to be tipped, e.g. of a seat in a theatre to allow passage past.

Etymology: 17th c.: orig. uncert. 3. v. & n.

--v. (tipped, tipping) (often foll. by over, up)

1. tr. make a small present of money to, esp. for a service given (have you tipped the porter?).

2 tr. name as the likely winner of a race or contest etc.

3 tr. strike or touch lightly.

4 tr. sl. give, hand, pass (esp. in tip the wink below).


1. a small money present, esp. for a service given.

2 a piece of private or special information, esp. regarding betting or investment.

3 a small or casual piece of advice.

Phrases and idioms:

tip off

1. give (a person) a hint or piece of special information or warning, esp. discreetly or confidentially.

2 Basketball start play by throwing the ball up between two opponents. tip-off a hint or warning etc. given discreetly or confidentially. tip a person the wink give a person private information.


tipper n.

Etymology: ME: orig. uncert.

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.