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Syllabification: sip

Definition of sip in English:

verb (sips, sipping, sipped)

[with object]
Drink (something) by taking small mouthfuls: I sat sipping coffee [no object]: she sipped at her tea
More example sentences
  • The man was sitting at the table sipping a glass of coffee and eating a pastry.
  • When she came into the kitchen, she found her dad sitting at the table, sipping a mug of coffee.
  • Late in the film there is a scene where Thomas and Jane sit in her kitchen sipping tea.
drink (slowly)


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A small mouthful of liquid: she took a sip of the red wine
More example sentences
  • Rose placed the carton back in its place and took a sip of the fresh liquid, satisfying her thirst.
  • John took a sip of the liquid and his mind began to clear even faster.
  • She took a sip of the brownish liquid in her can, grimacing slightly, but not sputtering it out.


late Middle English: perhaps a modification of sup1, as symbolic of a less vigorous action.



Example sentences
  • Humans can be divided into many defining sets: cat people or dog people, beer drinkers or cocktail sippers, those who wear gold or those who wear silver.
  • Schultz has given the green light for 45 stores to install CD burners, allowing the espresso sippers to sample online music and then make their own albums.
  • This creamy, sweet whisky liqueur is more of a sipper with coffee than a glugger over ice.

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