tip

Definitions

General English

  • noun the end of something long
  • noun money given to someone who has provided a service
  • noun a place where household rubbish is taken to be thrown away
  • verb to pour something out

General Science

  • noun the end part of a plant stem where growth takes place

Aviation

  • noun the end of a small or tapering thing

Banking

  • noun a piece of advice on buying or doing something which could be profitable
  • verb to give money to someone who has helped you
  • verb to say that something is likely to happen or that something might be profitable

Cars & Driving

Electronics

  • The end of something that has a projection or which is otherwise pointed. For example, the prong or rod of a phone or phono plug.
  • An attachment or other object, such as a ferrule or plastic cap, intended to be fitted to the end of something else.
  • Of the two wires of a POTS line, the more electrically positive. The more electrically negative is the ring (5). Also called tip lead, or tip wire.

Slang

  • noun a dirty, messy or squalid place. The term has become a popular colloquialism since the 1980s, often describing an untidy bedroom. It is a shortening of ‘rubbish tip’.
  • noun (a male who is) fashionable, admirable, cool. A term used by young street-gang members in London since around 2000.

Travel

  • noun a piece of advice on something to buy or to do which could be profitable

Origin & History of “tip”

English has three distinct words tip, two of them possibly related. Tip ‘extremity’ (15th c.) was probably borrowed from Old Norse typpi. This was descended from prehistoric Germanic *tupp- ‘upper extremity’ (source also of English top and toupee). Tip ‘touch lightly’ (13th c.) (as in ‘tip-and-run cricket’) may have been borrowed from Low German tippen, although it could be the same word as tip ‘extremity’ (from the notion of ‘just touching something with the tip of something else’). It was used in 17th-century underworld argot for ‘give’ (as in ‘tip someone the wink’), and this evolved in the 18th century to ‘give a gratuity’. The antecedents of tip ‘overturn’ (14th c.) (originally tipe) are not known, although the fact that it first appeared in northern dialects suggests that it may have been borrowed from a Scandinavian language. The derived tipsy (16th c.) denotes etymologically ‘liable to fall over’.
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