American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- To turn over, as in tumbling; tumble.
- n. The place where cars are tipped, or have their contents dumped; a dump; a cradle-dump. Also tip.
- To drink strong drink often in small quantities. As commonly used, the word implies reprehensible indulgence in frequent or habitual drinking, short of the limit of positive drunkenness.
- 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. Liquor taken in tippling; stimulating drink: sometimes used figuratively.
- n. An area near the entrance of mines which is used to load and unload coal.
- n. rail transport An apparatus for unloading railroad freight cars by tipping them; the place where this is done.
- n. slang Any alcoholic drink.
- v. To drink alcohol regularly or habitually, but not to excess.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- v. To drink, as strong liquors, frequently or in excess.
- v. To put up in bundles in order to dry, as hay.
- 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.
- v. drink moderately but regularly
- n. a serving of drink (usually alcoholic) drawn from a keg
- Origin unknown but possibly from Scandinavian source (see Norwegian tipla). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“But champagne does not age well and the tipple is unlikely to be drinkable.”
“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.”
“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”
“The tipple was a fairly public place, and he judged he was as safe there as anywhere.”
“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.”
“In their case, the tipple is a commodity called power.”
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“This place was the "tipple," where the coal that came out of the mine was weighed and recorded.”
“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.”
“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.”
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