Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) an indication of potential opportunity
    a good lead for a job
  2. (noun, location) the top or extreme point of something (usually a mountain or hill)
    they clambered to the tip of Monadnock
    the region is a few molecules wide at the summit
  3. (noun, location) the extreme end of something; especially something pointed
  4. (noun, possession) a relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter)
  5. (noun, shape) a V shape
  6. (verb, change) remove the tip from
  7. (verb, change) mark with a tip
  8. (verb, communication) give insider information or advise to
  9. (verb, contact) strike lightly
  10. (verb, motion) walk on one's toes
  11. (verb, motion) to incline or bend from a vertical position
  12. (verb, motion) cause to tilt
  13. (verb, motion) cause to topple or tumble by pushing
  14. (verb, possession) give a tip or gratuity to in return for a service, beyond the compensation agreed on
    fee the steward

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Origin of the word Tip

  1. "to slope, overturn," c.1300, possibly from Scand., or a special use of tip (n.). Intransitive sense of "fall over" is recorded from 1530. more
  2. "end, point, top," early 13c., from M.L.G. or M.Du. tip "utmost point, extremity, tip" (cf. Ger. zipfel, a dim. formation); perhaps cognate with O.E. t?ppa "stopper" (see tap (n.)), from P.Gmc. *tupp- "upper extremity." Tip-toe (n.) is late 14c.; tip-top is from 1702. more
  3. "give a small present of money to," 1610, "to give, hand, pass," originally thieves' cant, perhaps from tip (v.3) "to tap." The meaning "give a gratuity to" is first attested 1706. The noun in this sense is from 1755; the meaning "piece of confidential information" is from 1845; the verb in this sense is from 1883; tipster first recorded 1862. more
  4. "light, sharp blow or tap," c.1466, possibly from Low Ger. tippen "to poke, touch lightly," related to M.L.G. tip "end, point," and thus connected to tip (n.); or else connected with tap (v.) "to strike lightly." The noun in this sense is attested from 1567. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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