from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To drink in small quantities.
  • transitive v. To drink from in sips.
  • intransitive v. To drink something in sips.
  • n. The act of sipping.
  • n. A small quantity of liquid sipped.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small mouthful of drink
  • v. To drink slowly, small mouthfuls at a time
  • v. Alternative form of seep.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of sipping; the taking of a liquid with the lips.
  • n. A small draught taken with the lips; a slight taste.
  • intransitive v. To drink a small quantity; to take a fluid with the lips; to take a sip or sips of something.
  • transitive v. To drink or imbibe in small quantities; especially, to take in with the lips in small quantities, as a liquid.
  • transitive v. To draw into the mouth; to suck up.
  • transitive v. To taste the liquor of; to drink out of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To drink little by little; take (a liquid) into the mouth in small quantities; imbibe a mouthful at a time.
  • To take in gradually by some process analogous to drinking; receive or obtain by sucking, inhaling, absorbing, or the like.
  • To drink from by sips.
  • To take a sip or sips.
  • n. The act of sipping, or drinking by small quantities, as a liquid.
  • n. A very small draught; a taste (of a liquid).
  • n. Drink; sup.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. drink in sips
  • n. a small drink


Middle English sippen; see seuə-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English sippen, probably cognate with Middle English sipen ("to seep"), from Old English sipian ("to seep"). (Wiktionary)


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