Definitions and meaning of sip
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”).
- enPR: sĭp, IPA(key): /sɪp/
- Rhymes: -ɪp
sip (plural sips)
- A small mouthful of drink
sip (third-person singular simple present sips, present participle sipping, simple past and past participle sipped)
- (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.
- (intransitive) To drink a small quantity.
- [She] rais'd it to her mouth with sober grace; / Then, sipping, offered to the next in place.
- To taste the liquor of; to drink out of.
- They skim the floods, and sip the purple flowers.
- (Scotland, US, dated) Alternative form of seep
- (figuratively) to consume slowly — (usually) in contrast to faster consumption, (sometimes) in contrast to zero consumption
- 1995 Richard North, Life on a Modern Planet: A Manifesto for Progress p.80 (Manchester University Press, →ISBN):
- 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" 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.
- See also Thesaurus:drink
- IPS, IPs, ISP, Isp, PIs, PSI, SPI, iPS, isp, pis, psi
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sip (comparative sipper, superlative sipst)
- sad, subdued
- Synonyms: droevig, treurig
From English safe, from Middle English sauf, safe, saf, saaf, from Old French sauf, saulf, salf (“safe”), from Latin salvus (“whole, safe”), from Proto-Indo-European *solh₂- (“whole, every”).
- IPA(key): [ˈsɪp]
- Hyphenation: sip
sip (plural sip-sip)
- (colloquial) safe.
- not in danger; out of harm's reach.
- Synonym: aman
- free from risk.
- Synonym: terjamin
- Synonyms: mantap, elok, baik, sempurna
- “sip” in Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia (KBBI) Daring, Jakarta: Badan Pengembangan dan Pembinaan Bahasa, Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan Republik Indonesia, 2016.
From English zip.
sip f (genitive singular sipe, nominative plural sipeanna)
- zip, zipper, zip fastener
- "sip" in Foclóir Gaeilge–Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
- Entries containing “sip” in English-Irish Dictionary, An Gúm, 1959, by Tomás de Bhaldraithe.
Possibly a calque of English yep.
- (informal, neologism) yep, yeah, uh-huh
From English ship.
- of or pertaining to a sinusoid.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)