tooltip

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Etymology[edit]

tool +‎ tip, originally used with toolbars to provide a tip or hint as to what function each graphical icon represented. The term was introduced as ToolTip by Microsoft in the 1990s.

Noun[edit]

tooltip (plural tooltips)

  1. (graphical user interface) An element of a graphical user interface in the form of a box of text that appears when a cursor is made to hover over an item; normally used to explain the function of the item.

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