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Definition of "tipple" [tip•ple]

  • To drink (alcoholic liquor) or engage in such drinking, especially habitually or to excess. (verb-transitive)
  • Alcoholic liquor. (noun)
  • An apparatus for unloading freight cars by tipping them. (noun)
  • The place where this is done. (noun)
  • A place for screening coal and loading it into trucks or railroad cars. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tipple" in a sentence
  • "But champagne does not age well and the tipple is unlikely to be drinkable."
  • "Not only do you not want to waste that 1982 Château Margaux on an aunt whose preferred tipple is Southern Comfort, but if the proceedings become--well, shall we say, convivial--even the most dedicated wine aficionado will find his attention wandering away from the vino, however impressive its pedigree."
  • "i understand completely why balzac died of caffiene poisoning ... my favourite writer's tipple is green tea with toasted rice ... it reminds me of the nanowrimo stint a couple of years ago"