Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To drink in small quantities.
  • intransitive verb To drink from in sips.
  • intransitive verb To drink something in sips.
  • noun The act of sipping.
  • noun A small quantity of liquid sipped.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of sipping, or drinking by small quantities, as a liquid.
  • noun A very small draught; a taste (of a liquid).
  • noun Drink; sup.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A small mouthful of drink
  • verb transitive To drink slowly, small mouthfuls at a time
  • verb Scotland, US, dated Alternative form of seep.

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

  • verb drink in sips
  • noun a small drink

Etymologies

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

[Middle English sippen; see seuə- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English sippen, probably cognate with Middle English sipen ("to seep"), from Old English sipian ("to seep").

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