Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A seller of alcoholic liquors.
  • n. A habitual drinker; a bibber.
  • n. A breed of domestic pigeon bred to participate in endurance competitions.
  • n. An open wagon with a tipping trough, unloaded by being inverted (used for bulk cargo, especially minerals). A mine car, a lorry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who keeps a tippling-house.
  • n. One who habitually indulges in the excessive use of spirituous liquors, whether he becomes intoxicated or not.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A breed of domesticated pigeons, derived from and very closely resembling the tumblers. They do not, however, ‘tumble’ when on the wing and fly but poorly.
  • n. One who or that which tipples or turns over; a tumbler.
  • n. Same as tipper, 1.
  • n. One who tipples; especially, a person who drinks strong liquor habitually without positive drunkenness; a moderate toper.
  • n. One who sells tipple; the keeper of a tavern or public house; a publican.

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

  • n. someone who drinks liquor repeatedly in small quantities

Etymologies

tipple +‎ -er (“(agent)”). “Seller” sense from 1396; “drinker” sense from 1580. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He is further down this road, probably about a half mile or so up this road actually at the entrance to the mining facility, to where they call the tippler, which is the processing plant of the mine.

    CNN Transcript Jan 3, 2006

  • Mr. Marquis’s The Old Soak, a post-prohibition portrait of a genial old tippler, is perhaps the most vital bit of American humor since Mr. Dooley — some say since Mark Twain.

    The Almost Perfect State

  • Among the main buildings still standing is the "tippler," where mining cars traveling on a narrow-gauge railroad track would be tipped over, dumping their loads of coal.

    billingsgazette.com

  • Her aunt had been a tippler, and his habit of keeping whiskey had been the one thing that had given her pause when he asked her to marry him.

    Narrative Magazine's Friday Feature: Alexi Zentner's 'Trapline'

  • There's no indication that President Obama is a similar tippler, but I think it just means that the public's impatient, the public is worried, the public is lurching a little bit from side to side and saying, we'll take a chance on you.

    'Vanity Fair' Writer: What Will Speaker Boehner Do?

  • As an interesting writer is by definition a pond-skipper, a book-dipper, perhaps a tippler and ever an eccentric, it's no surprise to find procrastination only a few letters away from (literary) procreation.

    Reading, Young and Old

  • Meanwhile, Lynley, who's been away on compassionate leave following the murder of his wife (in the preceding novel), is summoned back to duty to guide his possible replacement, an attractive divorcee and closet tippler named Isabelle Ardery.

    Book review of Elizabeth George's 'This Body of Death'

  • As always, Annette Bening is glorious -- there's a nervous intelligence that shines through (a quality you wouldn't often single out in American actresses), and in "Kids" Bening gets to strut her comedy skills playing a control freak and tippler.

    Erica Abeel: THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, BUT IS THE REST OF AMERICA?

  • His father, he said, had long since matriculated well beyond his amateur standing as a tavern tippler, and had gone on to become a renowned professional whiskey drinker.

    In The Shadow of The Cypress

  • Winston Churchill, a tippler of note and an orator of the first water who may never have been called out under the ban on the latter, himself tiptoed around the former by referring to an opponent's '' terminological inexactitude. ''

    Patt Morrison: Has the Tea Party, Under a New Name, Found Its Leader?

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