Meaning of TIP in English

I. ˈtip noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English tip, tippe; akin to Middle High German zipf tip, Middle Dutch tip, Middle Low German timpe — more at tap


a. : the pointed or rounded end or extremity of something

the tip of his finger

tip of the spear

tracks … led over the tip of the hill — Robert Lund

the very tip of the nose of the fuselage — H.G.Armstrong

at the southern tip of the island — American Guide Series: Maine

the yellow tip of the sun — V.G.Heiser

the tips of their wings

b. obsolete : the highest or utmost point or extremity : crown , summit


a. : a small piece or part (as of a belt, shoe, cane, pen, or billiard cue) designed to serve as an end, cap, or point and made usually of metal, leather, or other durable substance — see shoe illustration

b. : the end of a feather or tail of fur used in trimming a hat ; specifically : a small ostrich plume


(1) : the piece or section of a jointed fishing rod farthest from the butt

(2) : the terminal guide on the end of such a rod


(1) : foothold 3

(2) : cap 3a

(3) : a short horseshoe made to reach only half round the hoof and worn to protect the crust


(1) : a thimble of leather used in archery for the protection of the drawing fingers

(2) : pile 4a


a. : a thin broad brush made of camel's or badger's hair and used in laying gold leaf (as in bookbinding)

b. : any insert pasted to the binding edge of a book or section

4. : a triangular piece of beef cut from between the round and the sirloin and used for roasting or for steaks

5. Australia : the exposed weathered end of the fibers of wool on the sheep ; also : an area or clump formed by the clotted ends of such fibers

6. tips plural : a grade of tobacco comprising the top two or three leaves on a stalk

II. transitive verb

( tipped ; tipped also tipt ; tipping ; tips )

Etymology: Middle English tippen, from tip, tippe tip


a. : to attach a tip or point to or furnish a tip for

the natives tip their arrows with stone

a summer settlement tips the slender headland — American Guide Series: Maine


(1) : to cover or adorn the tip of

black wrought iron legs handsomely tipped with brass — advt

tipped with gold-leaf trim — Frederick Way

scales tipped with yellowish green above the back — P.M.Roedel

(2) : to blend (furs) for improved appearance by brushing the tips of the hair with dye

2. : to affix or paste (an insert) in a book at the binding margin — often used with in or sometimes with into or on

one volume … with 105 full-color reproductions from photographs tipped in — Yale Review

when plates are tipped on, they should be freed from the text — Edith Diehl

3. : to remove the ends of (as living shoots)

tip raspberries

the cow's horns were tipped to prevent injury in shipping

III. verb

( tipped ; tipped also tipt ; tipping ; tips )

Etymology: Middle English tipen

transitive verb


a. : to cause to overturn or proceed downward : throw or cast down : upset — usually used with over or onto

the wind struck the car and nearly tipped it over — Ernest Hemingway

the truck tipped its trailer onto the car

b. : to knock down (a bowling pin) otherwise than by direct impact of a bowl

the bowled kingpin tipped three other pins

2. : to turn (something) from a horizontal or vertical position to a slanting or inclined position : cant , tilt

tipped his head to one side — A.R.Wetjen

neighborhood loafers tipped their chairs — S.T.Williamson

were required to tip their hats to the chemists — W.H.Whyte

would eventually tip the balance of power — Time

3. chiefly dialect : to drink (liquor) especially at one draft

4. Britain : to empty by tilting : dump

a hole into which I had been tipping cinders — Francis King

tipped it down gently off the spade onto the grass — Punch

intransitive verb

1. : to become overturned or upset : topple — usually used with over

a canoe will sometimes tip over quickly

2. : to move from the vertical or horizontal : lean , slant

the bench tips on the uneven floor

tall buildings tip slightly in the wind

- tip the scales

IV. noun

( -s )

1. archaic : the upsetting of a bowling pin by another that falls or rolls against it

2. : the act or an instance of tipping : tilt

the tower has a slight tip to the south

3. Britain

a. : an elevated runway along which railroad cars or wagons can be run to have their contents tipped or dumped (as into a chute) at the end

b. : such a runway together with a crane that picks up a car or wagon and swings it bodily so that its contents can be tipped or dumped a desired — compare tipple IV

4. Britain : a place for depositing something (as rubbish or garbage or material for embankments) by tipping or dumping : dump

V. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English tippe; akin to Low German tippen to tap

: the act or process of tipping : a light touch or blow : tap

giving him a tip on the shoulder

VI. verb

( tipped ; tipped also tipt ; tipping ; tips )

transitive verb

1. : to strike lightly : touch , tap

the sword tipped his shoulder — Irish Digest

a baseball catcher sometimes tips the batsman's bat illegally with his mitt

2. : to hit (a baseball or cricket ball) a glancing blow with the edge or side of the bat

the batter tipped the ball foul

3. : to hit (as a basketball) lightly with the hand or fingers

tips the ball to keep it rim high — Scholastic Coach

— often used with in

the forward tipped in another basket

intransitive verb

: to move or proceed with mincing or light steps : tiptoe

tipping to the front windows, she closed them — J.B.Benefield

VII. verb

( tipped ; tipped also tipt ; tipping ; tips )

Etymology: perhaps from tip (VI)

transitive verb

1. : give , present

be merry and tip us a song

tipped the head clerk a signal — Mark Twain

2. : to give a tip or gratuity to

the searchers, being tipt with half a crown, allowed us to proceed — Tobias Smollett

tipped the servants liberally — W.F.DeMorgan

tip them if they bring refreshments to your seat — Richard Joseph

intransitive verb

: to bestow a tip or gratuity

always tips generously

how much to tip is a problem

- tip one the wink

VIII. noun

( -s )

: a gift or a usually small sum of money tendered in payment or often in excess of prescribed or suitable payment for a service performed or anticipated

cost 15 cents plus a 10-cent tip

the redcaps had begun … to press for their interests in the question of tips — Current Biography

at the entrance girl artists do portrait sketches for a tip — American Guide Series: Florida

IX. noun

( -s )

Etymology: perhaps from tip (VII)

1. : an item of expert or authoritative information imparted or sought for one's guidance

take my tip and do not venture in there without a guide — Fred Streeter

wanted to pick up the tips which experience had taught the pioneers — R.C.Snyder

giving … useful tips on all sorts of ways of spending the Christmas holidays — N.Y.Times

2. : a piece of advance or confidential information given by or received from one thought to have access to special or inside sources : hint , steer : as

a. : a prediction concerning the expected change in the value or status of a stock, bond, or other security

brokers … versed in the art of getting tips and advance information of events likely to affect prices — Frederick Simpich †1950

tips and rumors … send shares from quotations of a few cents up to thousands and down again — American Guide Series: Nevada

b. : a forecast of the outcome or winner of a sporting event (as a horse or dog race) used chiefly for placing a bet

through her I got that tip on the horse race — Erle Stanley Gardner

in one day you clean out half of what I had saved with your phoney tips — Ring

c. : an advance notice or report concerning a newsworthy development of special interest to a reporter or a newspaper

personnel frequently offer tips or clues to news developments — Banking

has been following obscure news tips and developing stories of wide significance — Current Biography

even an hour's delay may mean the difference between tip and fact — Radio News

X. transitive verb

( tipped ; tipped ; tipping ; tips )


a. : to impart a tip, a piece of information or advice, or a warning about often in a secret or confidential manner

somebody was tipping their flights to the rebels — J.A.Phillips

are you afraid I'll tip the plot — Maurice Zolotow

b. : to make mention of as a prospective winner or a profitable investment

has been tipped as council president

practically nothing makes you look more foolish than tipping a loser — G.F.T.Ryall

industrials are being tipped in the forecasts

2. : to give a tip or private or confidential information to

his wife … was tipped three days in advance and returned — Newsweek

both had already been tipped to … keep top-secret documents face down on the desk — J.P.O'Donnell

— often used with off

a friend tipped him off that pianos were having a phenomental sale — Green Peyton

thousands … were tipped off in time to flee — T.H.Fielding

- tip one's hand

XI. noun

( -s )

Etymology: perhaps from tip (VI)

: a crowd gathered or attracted by a pitchman or barker

the opening tip consisted of all the roughnecks and loafers — G.A.Hamid

for his horoscope pitch he often had his wife circulate among the tip — W.L.Gresham

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.