Definition of sip in English:

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Pronunciation: /sɪp/

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, drink, taste, sample
dated sup


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.
mouthful, swallow, drink, drop, dram, nip;
informal slurp, swig
dated sup



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.


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

  • sop from Old English:

    The Old English word sop first meant ‘to dip bread in liquid’—Chaucer says of his Franklin ‘Wel loved he in the morn a sop in wyn’—but nowadays a sop is something you do or offer as a concession to appease someone. This was originally used in the phrase a sop to Cerberus, referring to the monstrous three-headed watchdog which, in Greek mythology, guarded the entrance of Hades. In the Aeneid Virgil describes how the witch guiding Aeneas to the underworld threw a drugged cake to Cerberus, which allowed the hero to pass the monster in safety. When soppy, which comes from sop, first appeared in English in the early 19th century it meant ‘soaked with water’, not tears, as you might expect today from a feeble, sentimental soppy person. The writer H. G. Wells was one of the first to use the word in this sense. Soup (Middle English) comes from the French form of the same word. The American from soup to nuts for ‘from beginning to end’ dates from the early 20th century, while in the soup, also originally American and a variant of being in hot water is slightly earlier. Sip (Old English), sup (Old English), and supper (Middle English) go back to the same root.

Words that rhyme with sip

blip, chip, clip, dip, drip, equip, flip, grip, gyp, hip, kip, lip, nip, outstrip, pip, quip, rip, scrip, ship, skip, slip, snip, strip, tip, toodle-pip, trip, whip, yip, zip

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