Definition of tipple in English:



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  • 1Drink alcohol, especially habitually.

    ‘those who liked to tipple and gamble’
    • ‘A historic pub crawl - not just for tippling - cycling trips and day trips are all planned.’
    • ‘For the more adventurous, check out the deep fried soft-shell crab or the cod roe, which are perfect accompaniments to an evening of tasteful tippling.’
    • ‘At least that's how it appeared to be shaping up last night, as writers and audience alike talked and tippled late into the night, long after the speeches in the Arms Hotel were finished.’
    • ‘So can we, for the sake of my dignity, etc, please pretend that I have tippled before typing.’
    • ‘Included in the list were ‘the practice of card playing, theatre going, dancing, betting, tippling and participation in the demoralizing influences connected with attendance upon the roller rink.’’
    • ‘A recent stroke has meant he can no longer spend time tippling away with cronies and regular punters.’
    • ‘When people disagree with the actions of others - let's say tippling in this case - they work to catch the ear of the powerful and wail to that person or group of the Great Danger at large in the land.’
    • ‘I can see it now, future intervals at English National Opera being characterised by hordes of opera-loving smokers surreptitiously tippling their Tennants Super as they overspill into the periphery of Trafalgar Square.’
    • ‘This is the drink the movers and shakers are sure to be seen tippling at sporting venues throughout the world.’
    • ‘And as an editor there he got to kibitz and tipple with the likes of Dorothy Parker, Stephen Vincent Benet and P.G. Woodhouse.’
    • ‘While its protagonists partake in awkward coupling and underage tippling, Gilligan's book is in fact a rather old-fashioned teen romance.’
    • ‘They could A) cease tippling, B) rely on erratic shipments from England, or, C) they could adapt.’
    • ‘As most readers may guess, I occasionally tipple, imbibe, or more accurately… consume copious amounts of alcoholic beverages from the high heel pumps of women of ill repute.’
    • ‘These award-winning ales have been sunk in Helsinki, knocked back in New York and tippled in Tokyo.’
    • ‘In the first place, studies have proven, over and over again, that tippling (unless you are a case-a-day couch slug who has lost his will to live) is good for you.’
    • ‘The absence of non-bingers, who'll now be quaffing wine in their small, continental caffs, will hardly lessen the desire of those who take their tippling to extremes.’
    • ‘She drinks - there are scenes of her holding a glass of amusing New World Chardonnay to her lips and earnestly tippling - and she picks up men in bars and bonks them to within an inch of their lives.’
    • ‘My family should have been less concerned about his tippling and more worried about his tripping down the stairs.’
    • ‘What price does our body - and our mind - pay for all the extra tippling at this time of year?’
    • ‘Which is why I do most of my tippling at home, these days.’
    drink alcohol, drink, have a drink
    drink, swallow, gulp, gulp down, guzzle, quaff, attack, down, drink down, drink up, get down, finish off, polish off, drain, empty, wash something down with, have, take, partake of, ingest, consume, sup, sip, lap
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  • 2it tipples down", "it is tippling down, etc.British informal Rain heavily.

    ‘it was tippling down with rain’
    pour, pour down, pelt down, tip down, teem down, beat down, lash down, sheet down, come down, come down in sheets, come down in torrents, rain cats and dogs
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  • An alcoholic drink.

    ‘she drank several glasses of sherry, her favourite tipple’
    • ‘Tours, which cost £2.15, run throughout the day - and include the chance to sample a half pint of your favourite tipple.’
    • ‘A summer holiday mood can be created on the fourth rainy day in a row just by drinking the same much-loved tipples enjoyed abroad.’
    • ‘So I asked for the only drink I knew: advocaat and cherry brandy - renowned as the favourite tipple of Jewish grandmas and great aunts everywhere.’
    • ‘You think of all the nasty things that might have happened, especially so as he didn't even come back to gulp down the full glass of his favourite tipple which then stands forlornly on the table where he left it.’
    • ‘Two initiatives have been announced today to ensure drinkers are aware that their favourite tipples are getting bigger and stronger.’
    • ‘After that, they enjoyed a night together with a glass of their favourite tipples - whisky and lemonade for Freda, rum and peppermint for Ron.’
    • ‘But especially so, if it was connected to his favourite tipple - beer - and with the aim of raising £10,000.’
    • ‘The national drink is a rye vodka known as koskenkorva; but today's Finns have a preferred tipple, drinking more coffee per capita than any other nation.’
    • ‘From that date you could drink it by the jugful in the cafés of Paris, and a gloriously refreshing tipple it was.’
    • ‘She said she managed the stress and exhaustion of the treatment for her brain tumour by getting as much sleep as possible and relaxing with her favourite tipple - a whiskey - every night.’
    • ‘Although the bar initially drew crowds as the only place in Taipei to offer Irish tipples such as Guinness, Harp and Kilkenny on tap, the pub grub has since become an integral part of any visit.’
    • ‘And that means fans of the Shrimpers' Stout and Quayside beer have less than a month to swig their final mouthfuls of the favourite tipples.’
    • ‘The Greeks are still the top when it comes to drinking our tipple.’
    • ‘Short of their favourite tipple, wine, the French quickly took to absinthe just as prohibition was enjoying a burst of public support, and absinthe quickly became the favoured temperance target.’
    • ‘Eat, drink and be merry… and if you plan to knit anything more complicated than stocking stitch, do it before that tipple.’
    • ‘Some boats make an additional charge for all pre-packaged drinks, whereas others charge extra only for alcoholic tipples.’
    • ‘Red is her favourite tipple, and the more alcoholic the better.’
    • ‘Today, he should be enjoying a well-earned retirement, putting his feet up by the pool in his garden and enjoying a rum and Coke, his favourite tipple, as a sundowner.’
    • ‘If you haven't had the sense to drink plenty of water the night before, or better still, alternate a drink of H20 with your favourite tipple, then Mother Nature is your greatest ally.’
    • ‘What is your favourite tipple and where in Oxford do you drink it?’
    alcoholic drink, strong drink, drink, liquor, intoxicant
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Late 15th century (in the sense ‘sell (alcoholic drink) by retail’): back-formation from tippler.