What does TIP mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term TIP:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tip(noun)

    the extreme end of something; especially something pointed

  2. gratuity, tip, pourboire, baksheesh, bakshish, bakshis, backsheesh(noun)

    a relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter)

  3. tip, lead, steer, confidential information, wind, hint(noun)

    an indication of potential opportunity

    "he got a tip on the stock market"; "a good lead for a job"

  4. point, tip, peak(noun)

    a V shape

    "the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points"

  5. peak, crown, crest, top, tip, summit(verb)

    the top or extreme point of something (usually a mountain or hill)

    "the view from the peak was magnificent"; "they clambered to the tip of Monadnock"; "the region is a few molecules wide at the summit"

  6. tip(verb)

    cause to tilt

    "tip the screen upward"

  7. tip(verb)

    mark with a tip

    "tip the arrow with the small stone"

  8. tip, fee, bung(verb)

    give a tip or gratuity to in return for a service, beyond the compensation agreed on

    "Remember to tip the waiter"; "fee the steward"

  9. topple, tumble, tip(verb)

    cause to topple or tumble by pushing

  10. lean, tilt, tip, slant, angle(verb)

    to incline or bend from a vertical position

    "She leaned over the banister"

  11. tiptoe, tip, tippytoe(verb)

    walk on one's toes

  12. tap, tip(verb)

    strike lightly

    "He tapped me on the shoulder"

  13. tip off, tip(verb)

    give insider information or advise to

    "He tipped off the police about the terrorist plot"

  14. tip(verb)

    remove the tip from

    "tip artichokes"


  1. tip(Noun)

    A kick or phase; one's current habits or behaviour.

  2. tip(Noun)

    A particular arena or sphere of interest; a front.

  3. Origin: Probably from tip or tip, or a combination of the two.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tip(noun)

    the point or extremity of anything; a pointed or somewhat sharply rounded end; the end; as, the tip of the finger; the tip of a spear

  2. Tip(noun)

    an end piece or part; a piece, as a cap, nozzle, ferrule, or point, applied to the extreme end of anything; as, a tip for an umbrella, a shoe, a gas burner, etc

  3. Tip(noun)

    a piece of stiffened lining pasted on the inside of a hat crown

  4. Tip(noun)

    a thin, boarded brush made of camel's hair, used by gilders in lifting gold leaf

  5. Tip(noun)

    rubbish thrown from a quarry

  6. Tip(verb)

    to form a point upon; to cover the tip, top, or end of; as, to tip anything with gold or silver

  7. Tip(verb)

    to strike slightly; to tap

  8. Tip(verb)

    to bestow a gift, or douceur, upon; to give a present to; as, to tip a servant

  9. Tip(verb)

    to lower one end of, or to throw upon the end; to tilt; as, to tip a cask; to tip a cart

  10. Tip(verb)

    to fall on, or incline to, one side

  11. Tip(noun)

    a light touch or blow; a tap

  12. Tip(noun)

    a gift; a douceur; a fee

  13. Tip(noun)

    a hint, or secret intimation, as to the chances in a horse race, or the like


  1. Tip

    A tip is a sum of money customarily tendered to certain service sector workers for a service performed or anticipated. Tipping and the amount are a matter of social custom and the practice and social norms vary between countries and settings. In some locations, tipping is discouraged and insulting and in some locations tipping is expected from customers. The customary tip can be a specific range of monetary amounts or a given percentage of the bill. In some circumstances, such as with U.S. government workers, receiving of tips is illegal. A service charge is sometimes added to bills in restaurants and similar establishments. Tipping may not be expected when a fee is explicitly charged for the service. In the US and Canada, tax audits of servers have shown that servers significantly underreport their tip income. In the US, employers may not allocate tips to themselves. Federal law permits employers to include tip wage towards satisfying the difference between employees' hourly wage and minimum wage. A tip pool cannot be allocated to employees who do not customarily and regularly receive tips. These non-eligible employees include dishwashers, cooks, chefs, and janitors.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tip

    tip, n. the top or point of anything small: the end, as of a billiard-cue, &c.—v.t. to form a point to: to cover the tip or end of:—pr.p. tip′ping; pa.t. and pa.p. tipped.—On the tip of the tongue, on the very point of being spoken. [A variant of top; cf. Dut. tip; Ger. zipf-el, point.]

  2. Tip

    tip, v.t. to strike lightly: to cause to slant: (slang) to communicate, give: (slang) to give private information to, about betting, &c.: (coll.) to give a small gift of money to, as a gratuity.—v.i. to slant: to give tips.—n. a tap or light stroke: a place for tipping any refuse into, a dump: a tram for expeditiously transferring coal: private information about horse-racing, stock speculations, &c.: a gratuity.—ns. Tip′-cart, a cart emptied by being canted up; Tip′-cat, a game in which a pointed piece of wood called a cat is made to rebound from the ground by being struck on the tip with a stick; Tip′-cheese, a boys' game in which a small stick is struck forward; Tip′per, a means of tipping, esp. an arrangement for dumping coal: one who tips: one who gives gratuities: one who gives private hints about speculation, racing, &c.; Tip′ping, act of tilting: the habit of giving gratuities to servants; Tip′ster, one whose business is to give private hints about racing, the rise and fall of stocks, &c.—adj. Tip′-tilt′ed, having the tip tilted up.—Tip off liquor, to turn up the vessel till quite empty; Tip one the wink, to wink as a caution, or in mutual understanding; Tip over, to overturn by tipping; Tip the scale, to depress one end of the scales.—Foul tip, a foul hit in baseball; Straight tip, a reliable hint about betting, &c. [Scand., Sw. tippa, to tap; Ger. tupfen.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. tip

    See pitch.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TIP' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4723

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TIP' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3112

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TIP' in Nouns Frequency: #1353

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TIP' in Verbs Frequency: #799

How to pronounce TIP?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say TIP in sign language?

  1. tip


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of TIP in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of TIP in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of TIP in a Sentence

  1. Bill Hillmann:

    My most important tip.

  2. Kerry Ryan:

    This is just the tip of the iceberg.

  3. Marianne Williamson:

    Flint is just the tip of the iceberg.

  4. Valerie Jarrett:

    That number is the tip of the iceberg.

  5. Pastor Gordon:

    And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

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