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See also: síp, Síp, şip, and šíp



From Middle English sippen, probably cognate with Middle English sipen (to seep), from Old English sipian (to seep), from a variation of Proto-Germanic *supananą (to sip, intake).



sip (plural sips)

  1. A small mouthful of drink



sip (third-person singular simple present sips, present participle sipping, simple past and past participle sipped)

  1. (transitive) To drink slowly, small mouthfuls at a time.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 5
      He held out to me a bowl of steaming broth, that filled the room with a savour sweeter, ten thousand times, to me than every rose and lily of the world; yet would not let me drink it at a gulp, but made me sip it with a spoon like any baby.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 5, in The China Governess[1]:
      A waiter brought his aperitif, which was a small scotch and soda, and as he sipped it gratefully he sighed.
         ‘Civilized,’ he said to Mr. Campion. ‘Humanizing.’ […] ‘Cigars and summer days and women in big hats with swansdown face-powder, that's what it reminds me of.’
    • 2013 August 3, “Revenge of the nerds”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8847:
      Think of banking today and the image is of grey-suited men in towering skyscrapers. Its future, however, is being shaped in converted warehouses and funky offices in San Francisco, New York and London, where bright young things in jeans and T-shirts huddle around laptops, sipping lattes or munching on free food.
  2. (intransitive) To drink a small quantity.
    • John Dryden
      [She] raised it to her mouth with sober grace; / Then, sipping, offered to the next in place.
  3. To taste the liquor of; to drink out of.
    • John Dryden
      They skim the floods, and sip the purple flowers.
  4. (Scotland, US, dated) Alternative form of seep
  5. (figuratively) to consume slowly — (usually) in contrast to faster consumption, (sometimes) in contrast to zero consumption

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for sip in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)



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sip (comparative sipper, superlative sipst)

  1. sad, subdued
    Synonyms: droevig, treurig


Inflection of sip
uninflected sip
inflected sippe
comparative sipper
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial sip sipper het sipst
het sipste
indefinite m./f. sing. sippe sippere sipste
n. sing. sip sipper sipste
plural sippe sippere sipste
definite sippe sippere sipste
partitive sips sippers


Alternative forms[edit]


From English zip.


sip f (genitive singular sipe, nominative plural sipeanna)

  1. zip, zipper, zip fastener



Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
sip ship
after an, tsip
not applicable
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[edit]




  1. (colloquial) yep, yeah, uh-huh

Tok Pisin[edit]


From English ship.



  1. ship