From Middle English sippen, of uncertain origin. Compare with Low German sippen (“to sip”). Possibly from a variant of Middle English suppen (“to drink, sip”) (see sup) or perhaps from Old English sipian, sypian (“to take in moisture, soak, macerate”), from Proto-Germanic *sipōną (“to drip, trickle”), from Proto-Indo-European *seyb- (“to pour out, trickle, leak out”). Compare also Old High German supfen (“to drink, sip”), from Proto-Germanic *sūpaną (“to sip, intake”).
sip (plural sips)
- A small mouthful of drink
- An event at which people drink alcohol in small, usually sub-intoxicating amounts.
- 1985 April 20, Joseph Beam, “Black Men Loving Black Men: The Revolutionary Act of the Eighties”, in Gay Community News, page 5:
- Earl is always a good time. His appearance at parties, whether it's a smart cocktail sip or a basement gig, is mandatory.
- (transitive) To drink slowly, small mouthfuls at a time.
- 1898, J. Meade Falkner, chapter 5, in Moonfleet, London, Toronto, Ont.: Jonathan Cape, published 1934:
- 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.
- (intransitive) To drink a small quantity.
- To taste the liquor of; to drink out of.
- (Scotland, US, dated) Alternative form of
- (figurative) To consume slowly.
- 1995, Richard North, Life on a Modern Planet: A Manifesto for Progress, Manchester University Press, →ISBN, page 80:
- Sales of lightbulbs which sip electricity, and whose increased cost in the shops is easily paid for over their lifetime, used to double every year; in 1990/1991, they leapt sevenfold.
- 2008 July 3, “The presidential election: White men can vote”, in The Economist:
- It makes a small car, the Chevy Cobalt, which sips petrol in moderation and is therefore selling well.
- 2014 October 20, Erik Hyrkas, "Energy Vampires are Attacking Your Home – Here’s How to Stop Them" (Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy)
- Even when turned off, these devices can idly sip electricity from your outlet costing you money.
|Inflection of sip|
- (colloquial) safe.
- “sip” in Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia, Jakarta: Language Development and Fostering Agency — Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of the Republic Indonesia, 2016.
Forms with the definite article
after an, tsip
|Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.|
- Ó Dónaill, Niall (1977), “sip”, in Foclóir Gaeilge–Béarla, Dublin: An Gúm, →ISBN
- Entries containing “sip” in English-Irish Dictionary, An Gúm, 1959, by Tomás de Bhaldraithe.