Definitions

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

  • n. A small piece of toast or bread soaked in gravy or other liquid or used as a garnish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small piece of something, especially a piece of toast or fried bean eaten with soup or gravy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small sop; a small, thin piece of toasted bread soaked in milk, broth, or the like; a small piece of toasted or fried bread cut into some special shape and used for garnishing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A little sip or sup.
  • n. Anything soaked or dipped in a liquid before being eaten; a sop; especially, in the plural, bread cut into small pieces and served in milk or broth.
  • n. A fragment; a bit.

Etymologies

From sip, alteration of sop.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested in the 16th Century, as a diminutive of sop. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Here he swallowed his buttered sippet very gracefully.

    Eug´┐Żnie Grandet

  • Finally he finished his last sippet of bread steeped in soup, pushed aside his plate, helped himself to a plum, and looked around him.

    Orrain A Romance

  • And the King flung a sippet of toast after him as he added: 'I am hedged in with robbers.'

    Orrain A Romance

  • TUESDAY (dinner) Pea soup, with toast bread, (sippet).

    From Captivity to Fame or The Life of George Washington Carver

  • At this Jeanne ventured to begin; but her frame was so enfeebled that with the second sippet of bread she declared herself wearied.

    A Love Episode

  • He, with his round, dumpy figure, leaned over the basin, devouring a sippet with each mouthful of broth.

    A Love Episode

  • When quite crisp, dip one side of the sippet into the beaten white of an egg mixed with a little flour, and place it on the edge of the dish.

    The Book of Household Management

  • The only time that woman is happy is when she comes in of a morning to the little boys 'dormitories with a cup of hot Epsom salts, and a sippet of bread.

    The Christmas Books of Mr. M.A. Titmarsh

  • a little salt, and sugar, pour it on the fish, sippet it, and serve it hot.

    The accomplisht cook or, The art & mystery of cookery

  • "Whilst we were talking," Mr. Lambert resumed, "my sister Theodosia made her appearance, I must say very much agitated and pale, kissed our father, and sate down at his side, and took a sippet of toast -- (my dear

    The Virginians

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