There are 2 main definitions of tipple in English:

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tipple1

Syllabification: tip·ple
Pronunciation: /ˈtipəl
 
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verb

[no object]
Drink alcohol, especially habitually: those who liked to tipple and gamble
More example sentences
  • As most readers may guess, I occasionally tipple, imbibe, or more accurately… consume copious amounts of alcoholic beverages from the high heel pumps of women of ill repute.
  • This is the drink the movers and shakers are sure to be seen tippling at sporting venues throughout the world.
  • These award-winning ales have been sunk in Helsinki, knocked back in New York and tippled in Tokyo.

noun

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An alcoholic drink.
Example sentences
  • Today, he should be enjoying a well-earned retirement, putting his feet up by the pool in his garden and enjoying a rum and Coke, his favourite tipple, as a sundowner.
  • Some boats make an additional charge for all pre-packaged drinks, whereas others charge extra only for alcoholic tipples.
  • After that, they enjoyed a night together with a glass of their favourite tipples - whisky and lemonade for Freda, rum and peppermint for Ron.

Origin

late 15th century (in the sense 'sell (alcoholic drink) at retail'): back-formation from tippler1.

More
  • To tipple was originally to sell alcoholic liquor, not to drink it. It came in the late 15th century from earlier tippler ‘a seller of alcohol’, the source of which is unknown, though it may be related to Norwegian dialect tipla ‘to drip slowly’. Emphasis moved to the drinker towards the end of the 16th century.

Words that rhyme with tipple

cripple, fipple, nipple, ripple, stipple, triple

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tipple2

Syllabification: tip·ple
Pronunciation: /ˈtipəl
 
/

noun

1A revolving frame or cage in which a truck or freight car is inverted to discharge its load.
Example sentences
  • A surveyor and engineer, he built coal tipples and air shafts for the mining industry.
1.1A place where loads from a tipple, especially from a coal mine, are dumped.
Example sentences
  • The mine tipple stood at Scarlet, WVa., at the end of the Trace Fork Subdivision south of Holden.

Origin

early 19th century: from dialect tipple 'tumble over'.

More
  • To tipple was originally to sell alcoholic liquor, not to drink it. It came in the late 15th century from earlier tippler ‘a seller of alcohol’, the source of which is unknown, though it may be related to Norwegian dialect tipla ‘to drip slowly’. Emphasis moved to the drinker towards the end of the 16th century.

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