Definition of sip in US English:


verbsipped, sipping, sips

[with object]
  • Drink (something) by taking small mouthfuls.

    ‘I sat sipping coffee’
    no object ‘she sipped at her tea’
    • ‘She was sitting in her silk housecoat, her legs crossed, sipping her coffee.’
    • ‘She wore big woolly parkas and sipped hot chocolate and coffee the whole way, but she couldn't stop shivering.’
    • ‘We ended the walk by visiting the Mocha House and fed Frank his lunch while sipping hot coffee and tea.’
    • ‘Late in the film there is a scene where Thomas and Jane sit in her kitchen sipping tea.’
    • ‘It is healthier to sip a cup of tea several times a day rather than down it all at once.’
    • ‘Lying the sketchbook face down, Gabby picked up her coffee cup and sipped it daintily.’
    • ‘She lowered herself regally into one of the chairs and sat quietly sipping her tea while Marley waited for her bun.’
    • ‘We would silently sip our tea or coffee and just stare out the window or read a book.’
    • ‘When she came into the kitchen, she found her dad sitting at the table, sipping a mug of coffee.’
    • ‘A few soldiers in the black uniforms of the Pakistani Frontier Corps sit on rickety chairs, sipping green tea.’
    • ‘He sits in center court to sip his coffee and if he sees the mayor walk past, he can run over to get an autograph.’
    • ‘They sat down at a table, sipped their coffee slowly and stared outside into the foaming rain.’
    • ‘The father and son sat in the living room sipping tea after they had eaten their cake.’
    • ‘Even carrot juice tastes better when you sip it sitting on comfortable armchairs.’
    • ‘She sat there sipping her coffee and chatting as if she hadn't a care in the world.’
    • ‘It was nice to sit quietly in the company of loved ones, sip coffee, gaze off into the far horizon and think about this and that.’
    • ‘Sitting in his car, Ross Granger sips his coffee, watching the steam fog up the window in front of him.’
    • ‘The man was sitting at the table sipping a glass of coffee and eating a pastry.’
    • ‘Every morning I sit on my roof, sip coffee, feed the pigeons, and gaze at the Manhattan skyline.’
    • ‘In the late afternoon we sat down for a break, sipping tea and munching on a piece of Victoria Sponge.’
    drink slowly, drink, taste, sample
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nounPlural sips

  • A small mouthful of liquid.

    ‘she took a sip of the red wine’
    • ‘Julius took a sip of his cappuccino and took out a pack of cigarettes.’
    • ‘Jack took a sip of the dark liquid, savouring its rich, burning taste.’
    • ‘She took a sip of the brownish liquid in her can, grimacing slightly, but not sputtering it out.’
    • ‘Kit grinned and took a sip of water, then poured some on his blonde head.’
    • ‘He took a sip of his whiskey and waited for the man's chortles to subside.’
    • ‘I nodded and took a sip of my water, absent-mindedly sloshing the liquid around in my glass.’
    • ‘She took a sip of her Champagne and looked down at the plate before her.’
    • ‘He took a sip of water and tossed a few tablets into his mouth before taking another swig from the bottle.’
    • ‘Ally took a sip of her mocha, now that it had a little time to cool off.’
    • ‘I took a sip of my soda, staring at the plain white plastic lid, completely ignoring him.’
    • ‘I took a sip of my Coke because I needed to do something with myself.’
    • ‘She took a sip of her frappuccino, turned a page in her book, and went on reading.’
    • ‘John took a sip of the liquid and his mind began to clear even faster.’
    • ‘He watched as she finished the last of her hot dog and took a sip of her Coke.’
    • ‘Rose placed the carton back in its place and took a sip of the fresh liquid, satisfying her thirst.’
    • ‘The pope took a sip of wine, turned it on his tongue, and swallowed it thoughtfully.’
    • ‘Chon took a sip of the diet soda he had ordered and then leaned on the table.’
    • ‘I took a sip of water from the glass on the table in front of me and glanced at my watch.’
    • ‘I took a sip of the warm liquid and suddenly gulped as a thought hit me.’
    • ‘He took a sip of water from the water fountain and then he went to the back of the locker room where the freshmen lockers were placed.’
    mouthful, swallow, drink, drop, dram, nip
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Late Middle English: perhaps a modification of sup, as symbolic of a less vigorous action.