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(1)   An indication of potential opportunity
"He got a tip on the stock market"
"A good lead for a job"
(2)   The top point of a mountain or hill
"The view from the peak was magnificent"
"They clambered to the summit of Monadnock"
(3)   The extreme end of something; especially something pointed
(4)   A relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter)
(5)   A V shape
"The cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points"


(6)   Remove the tip from
"Tip artichokes"
(7)   Mark with a tip
"Tip the arrow with the small stone"
(8)   Give insider information or advise to
"He tipped off the police about the terrorist plot"
(9)   Strike lightly
"He tapped me on the shoulder"
(10)   Walk on one's toes
(11)   To incline or bend from a vertical position
"She leaned over the banister"
(12)   Cause to tilt
"Tip the screen upward"
(13)   Cause to topple or tumble by pushing
(14)   Give a tip or gratuity to in return for a service, beyond the compensation agreed on
"Remember to tip the waiter"
"Fee the steward"

Etymology 1

Circa 1225. Not recorded in Old English or Old Norse, but apparently cognate with Dutch , East Frisian , Danish , Swedish . Perhaps cognate with Old English tæppa.


  1. The extreme top of something, especially when pointed; e.g. the sharp end of a pencil.
  2. A piece of metal, fabric or other material used to cover the top of something for protection, utility or decoration.


  1. To knock over; to make fall down, to overturn.
  2. To fall over.
  3. To be, or come to be, in a tilted or sloping position; to become unbalanced.
  4. To drink.
  5. To dump (refuse).


  1. The knocking over of a skittle.
  2. An act of tipping up or tilting.
  3. An area or a place for dumping something, such as rubbish or refuse, as from a mine; a heap (see tipple); a dump.
  4. A very untidy place.

Etymology 3

Of uncertain origin; apparently cognate with Dutch , German , Swedish .


  1. To hit quickly and lightly; to tap.


  1. A light blow or tap.


  1. To give, pass.
  2. To give a small gratuity to, especially to an employee of someone who provides a service.


  1. An example of this; now generally a small amount of money left for a bartender, waiter, taxi driver or other servant as a token of appreciation.

Etymology 5

Probably from or , or a combination of the two.


  1. A piece of private or secret information, especially imparted by someone with expert knowledge about sporting odds, business performance etc.


  1. To give a piece of private information to; to inform (someone) of a clue, secret knowledge, etc.


  1. full, as in sated or satisfied (including to excess)