Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To drink (alcoholic liquor) or engage in such drinking, especially habitually or to excess.
  • n. Alcoholic liquor.
  • n. An apparatus for unloading freight cars by tipping them.
  • n. The place where this is done.
  • n. A place for screening coal and loading it into trucks or railroad cars.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An area near the entrance of mines which is used to load and unload coal.
  • n. An apparatus for unloading railroad freight cars by tipping them; the place where this is done.
  • n. Any alcoholic drink.
  • v. To drink alcohol regularly or habitually, but not to excess.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Liquor taken in tippling; drink.
  • n. An apparatus by which loaded cars are emptied by tipping; also, the place where such tipping is done.
  • intransitive v. To drink spirituous or strong liquors habitually; to indulge in the frequent and improper used of spirituous liquors; especially, to drink frequently in small quantities, but without absolute drunkeness.
  • transitive v. To drink, as strong liquors, frequently or in excess.
  • transitive v. To put up in bundles in order to dry, as hay.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To turn over, as in tumbling; tumble.
  • To drink strong drink often in small quantities.
  • To imbibe slowly and repeatedly; drink by sips or in small quantities, as liquor; use in drinking.
  • To affect by tippling, or frequent drinking; bring under the influence of strong drink; make boozy or drunk.
  • n. In haymaking, a bundle of hay collected from the swath, and formed into a conical shape. This is tied near the top so as to make it taper to a point, and set upon its base to dry.
  • n. The place where cars are tipped, or have their contents dumped; a dump; a cradle-dump. Also tip.
  • n. Liquor taken in tippling; stimulating drink: sometimes used figuratively.

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

  • v. drink moderately but regularly
  • n. a serving of drink (usually alcoholic) drawn from a keg

Etymologies

Perhaps back-formation from Middle English tipeler, bartender.
From dialectal tipple, to overturn, frequentative of tip2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin unknown but possibly from Scandinavian source (see Norwegian tipla). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But champagne does not age well and the tipple is unlikely to be drinkable.

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  • Not only do you not want to waste that 1982 Château Margaux on an aunt whose preferred tipple is Southern Comfort, but if the proceedings become--well, shall we say, convivial--even the most dedicated wine aficionado will find his attention wandering away from the vino, however impressive its pedigree.

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  • i understand completely why balzac died of caffiene poisoning ... my favourite writer's tipple is green tea with toasted rice ... it reminds me of the nanowrimo stint a couple of years ago

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  • The tipple was a fairly public place, and he judged he was as safe there as anywhere.

    King Coal : a Novel

  • France has earned a reputation for stubborn arrogance in the wine world for boasting of its inimitable terroirs and millennia-old viticultural traditions, while slapping lawsuits on any upstart foreign winemaker who dares to label his tipple Champagne or Chablis.

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  • In their case, the tipple is a commodity called power.

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  • I like your use of the word "tipple"...your new banner...and all the things you listed.

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  • This place was the "tipple," where the coal that came out of the mine was weighed and recorded.

    King Coal : a Novel

  • SO up we went past Bee Rock, Preacher's Creek and Little Looney, past the mines where high on a "tipple" stood the young engineer looking down at us, and looking after the Blight as we passed on into a dim rocky avenue walled on each side with rhododendrons.

    A Knight of the Cumberland

  • So up we went past Bee Rock, Preacher's Creek and Little Looney, past the mines where high on a "tipple" stood the young engineer looking down at us, and looking after the Blight as we passed on into a dim rocky avenue walled on each side with rhododendrons.

    A Knight of the Cumberland

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  • Jest a tipple if ye don't moind, 'fore I'm on me way

    April 11, 2009


  • When flowing Cups run swiftly round
    With no allaying Thames,
    Our carelesse heads with Roses bound,
    Our hearts with Loyall Flames ;
    When thirsty griefe in Wine we steepe,
    When Healths and draughts go free,
    Fishes that tipple in the Deepe,
    Know no such Libertie.

    - Richard Lovelace, 'To Althea. From Prison.'

    February 7, 2009

  • A nipple dipped in tea.

    July 31, 2008